"Pak's bankrupt economy cannot afford world's sanctions"

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Islamabad, Oct 8 : Pakistan economy was facing bankruptcy and it could not afford sanctions by the world powers, the country's Defence Secretary Kamran Rasool reportedly told the Senate Standing Committee on Defence.

Pakistan's financial position was very week and the country could not talk about taking on the US, he said and added that Pakistan could not succeed against terrorists without co-operation and intelligence-sharing with the United States.

If Pakistan pulled out of the alliance (with the US), it would have to bow down after international powers imposed sanctions on it and declared it a terrorist state, the Daily Times quoted him as saying at the Senate briefing.

He said unmanned drones of NATO and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan used Pakistani airspace with the consent of the Pakistani government. But he added that Pakistan had repeatedly denied permission to coalition forces to attack targets inside Pakistan.

"Border violations of any kind will not be tolerated and we have made this thing crystal-clear to them," added Rasool.

ANI

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