ISLAMABAD, Mar 25 (APP):President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday asked the EU community to invest in Pakistan as business environment had improved remarkably with provision of all facilities to the foreign investors.
Talking to European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Ms Federica Mogherini, who called on him here, the president said the government would provide maximum support to the investors.
He said Pakistan valued its relations with the EU, which remained its traditional ally and a major trading partner. He expressed his satisfaction that the ties were improving further in all spheres of cooperation.
Pakistan’s exports to the EU, he said, had increased by 38 percent, while those of the EU to Pakistan had grown by 33 percent since the inception of GSP Plus Scheme in 2014. “Pakistan sees GSP Plus Scheme as constructive engagement for the betterment of its economy and values EU’s development assistance to Pakistan,” he added.
He welcomed a recent ruling of the European Court of Human Rights regarding right to freedom of expression, which, he said, could help create a balance between the exercise of right to freedom of expression and the incitement towards religious views and faith.
“Pakistan believes in responsible use of right of freedom of expression. Freedom comes with responsibility,” he added.
  President Alvi said Pakistan strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations whether perpetrated by individuals, groups or states.
Pakistan, he said, had achieved remarkable success in the fight against terrorism. He, however, underscored that kinetic action alone could not address the threat posed by terrorism. A comprehensive response was required to tackle the global menace, he added.
The president said Pakistan had declared adherence to the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) guidelines and it had also submitted its formal application for its membership. The inclusion of Pakistan in the NSG would bring tangible benefits for the non-proliferation regime, he added.
He asked the NSG to consider membership for non-NPT states on the basis of non-discriminatory and objective criteria which were simultaneously applicable to all of them.
 Ms Federica Mogherini said there was a huge potential of economic and trade relations between Pakistan and the EU which needed to be fully explored and utilized.