ISLAMABAD -  Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Sunday said there was no need to go to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the country’s economy was on the rise with different sectors witnessing healthy growth.

Talking to a private TV channel on Sunday, the prime minister said sometimes the government had to take economic decisions as the policies always required correction.

Replying to a question about increase in the US dollar rate, he said when the economy had been expanding, certain challenges cropped up which required policy correction.

He said the government had increased the petroleum prices but the same were still lower when compared with other parts of the world.

To another question, the prime minister said war was no solution to the Afghan issue and reiterated that no country other than Pakistan was more interested in durable peace in Afghanistan.

The prime minister also shared the global concerns about the role of nascent Afghan army in bringing about stability in their country when the coalition forces stationed there had failed. 

About Pak-US ties, he said both the countries were allies in the war on terror. “We are sovereign country and know how to defend ourselves,” he added.

Allies worked through mutual trust and coordination without hurling tweets against each other.  Pakistan was fighting the war against terror with its own resources. The world acknowledged it and if anyone had any doubts, one could come and judge it, he added.

He said recently Pakistan had handed over about 27 Afghan nationals to the Afghan authorities and maintained that no attacks were taking place from Pakistan, rather terrorists from across the Afghan soil had been targeting Pakistan.

The prime minister responding to a query emphatically rejected any anti-judiciary tirade on part of the government. He said the judicial verdicts or judiciary could not be ridiculed as there were constitutional provisions to this effect and if anyone had ridiculed, it was unacceptable.

He said the parliamentary body after getting majority in the upcoming general elections would take decision over the nominee for the prime minister’s office.

He said that he was elected by the party members in the parliament for the office of prime minister after the judicial verdict which had disqualified former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif.  The prime minister said there was no confusion over his stance about party president Nawaz Sharif. During the last five months after assuming his office, he did not get any dictation or instruction from Nawaz Sharif.

To a question, he said the history and public would judge the decision of the court about disqualification of Nawaz Sharif. In democratic system, the decisions were taken by the electorate at the polling stations, he added.

The prime minister maintained that convictions were made on the basis of evidences and expressed his hope that the courts would function in fair manner.

Defending the contract for import of LNG, he said that he took the complete responsibility over it. It was the long term contract with the lowest rates throughout the world.

About national carrier, Pakistan International Airlines, he said there was no other option except to privatize it as the nation no longer could afford Rs 450 liability. This year, its losses amounted to Rs 42 billion.

Meanwhile, in a message on the Kashmir Solidarity Day being observed today, Abbasi said that the people and government of Pakistan reaffirm their continued unflinching moral, diplomatic and political support to the oppressed people of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir in their legitimate struggle in the face of increasing Indian brutalities and gross human rights violations.

“Pakistan calls upon the international community to urge India to respect the Human Rights Charter, put an immediate end to the gross human rights violations of innocent Kashmiris in Hrld Kashmir and ensure expedited resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in line with the UNSC Resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. This is essential for regional peace and development,” he said.

The Prime Minister observed that even after the passage of more than seven decades, the people of Jammu and Kashmir had been deprived of the fundamental right to self-determination in stark contradiction to the promise made to them by the international community through the United Nations Security Council Resolutions. Since July 2016, Indian atrocities had resulted in the killings of hundreds of innocent Kashmiris and injuring over 20,000, he said.

The unprecedented, inhuman use of pellet guns blinded more than 200 people, including women and young children depriving them of any chance of leading fulfilling lives, he added.

The Prime Minister said the Hurriyat leaders were being harassed on trumped up charges.

India refused to allow the visit of the team of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the OIC, which visited AJK in March 2017, to the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir thus denying the international community an opportunity to evaluate the situation on the ground, he stated.

“India obviously has much to hide. India is condoning the use of human shields in Indian Occupied Kashmir, which finds no parallel in today’s world and reflects its practice of using brute force to suppress innocent Kashmiris,” he added.