Bilawal insists on providing relief to people at any cost

FM says his visit to United States is aimed at promoting trade and not seeking aid

Foreign Minister and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was Saturday briefed on the performance of federal ministries assigned to PPP leaders.

Chairing a meeting in this respect, the foreign minister alleged that former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan had wreaked havoc on the country’s economy. He was also briefed on the future plans of the ministers regarding the public welfare projects.

He added that the people should be given relief in any case and advised PPP ministers to find immediate solution to the problems facing the common man.

“The public should have an easy access to your offices,” he told lawmakers.

Meanwhile, the PPP chairman said that his will visit the United States in a bid to promote trade. “The visit is not aimed at seeking aid but promoting trade,” he told reporters in Islamabad.

He added that it had been a policy of former Imran Khan-led government to beg for loans.

The minister went on to say that the PPP believes in “trade and not aid”.

The statement came a day after former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said that Bilawal is going to the US only to beg in front of Americans.

“He will not be able to take any stand against them as they know where his money is… he will only beg for money but I know Americans the best… they will say there is no free lunch… they will put a price on it and what will be the price? It will be your freedom,” he had said while addressing a party gathering in Mardan.

Separately, PPP vice president Sherry Rehman said that the PTI had made Sialkot a battlefield for the sake of its one public meeting. She added that Imran Khan should stop “stoking hatred” in the country.