German envoy blames NWFP for suspending aid projects
LAHORE: German Ambassador Dr Christopher Brummer said on Saturday the NWFP government was responsible for the suspension of a project for women’s protection, not the German government.
He said this while addressing the executive committee of the Lahore Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). He said the German government was looking forward to opening aid projects in other Pakistani provinces as well.
He denied that the German government had banned defence cooperation with Pakistan, saying a radar system purchased by Pakistan in the 1970s would be modernised soon. The German envoy said European countries did not perceived military takeovers as positive acts in any part of the world. However, he said the recent visit by General Pervez Musharraf to his country had been fruitful in overcoming these prejudices.
He said the German commerce minister would sign new agreements with the Pakistani counterpart on investment protection. “The German government will also help resolve the double taxation problem to enhance bilateral economic trade,” he added. The ambassador also welcomed.