Philip Barton met Dar, discusses social projects in Pak

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 25: British High Commissioner, Philip Barton met Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and has affirmed continued British Government’s support and cooperation for social sector projects in Pakistan. British Envoy was accompanied by Richard Montgomery, DFID Country Director in Pakistan. During the meeting, bilateral economic cooperation including DFID’s financing for BISP (Income Support Progrmame) were discussed. The High Commissioner said that the recent visit to Pakistan by Minister for International Development, Desmond Swayne further enhanced Britain’s interest in economic assistance programmes for Pakistan. Richard Montgomery remarked that Desmond Swayne while sharing views about his visit to Pakistan said that he had taken a positive image of Pakistan and was highly impressed by economic achievements of the country. DFID Country Director also drew Finance Minister’s attention to the role of BISP. He appreciated the Rs 5 billion increase in the BISP allocation as announced in the Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget, as well as enhancement in BISP’s outreach. The British High Commissioner appreciated Government’s efforts for securing peace and lauded the achievements made in the war on terror. He said there was overall visible improvement in the law and order situation. The Minister said the government had a strong resolve to restore complete normalcy and added there would be no compromise regarding the ongoing operation against terrorists and extortionists. Finance Minister also shared views with Philip Barton on Prime Minister’s likely visit to the USA and participation in the Annual UN General Assembly session.

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