LAHORE - Speakers at a seminar organised by the Hameed Nizami Press Institute of Pakistan (HNPIP) on Friday said that Pakistan should not provide a gateway to America for Afghanistan like Turkey did after the 911 attacks.

Addressing a seminar on “Increasing US pressure—options for Pakistan” at the HNPIP Auditorium near China Chowk on Friday, speakers said that Pakistan should use its resources and fix its economy.

Former speaker of the National Assembly Syed Fakhar Imam presided over the session, while ambassador Javed Hussain, Brig (r) Hamid Saeed Akhter and Dr Ijaz Butt were guests on the occasion. HNPIP Director Absar Abdul Ali was the moderator.

Fakhar Imam said that governments failed to deliver in Pakistan because rulers were not answerable to public. Hamid Saeed Akhter said that Pakistan should refuse any further logistic support to Americans to avoid any hits from the US.

Former Ambassador Javed Hussain said that top countries decided issues using their powers.

 He said that Pakistan should strengthen its economy and settle matters.

Absar Abdul Ali said that since Pakistan was established there was a tie of tension between Pakistan and Afghanistan despite countless sacrifices of the Pakistanis. He said that Pakistan was being targeted for rejecting the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel.