ISLAMABAD – Dutch Ambassador to Pakistan Gajus Scheltema has said that Netherlands is cutting short its development operations in Pakistan due to the continuous hostility, uncertainty and financial constraints.He after addressing an alumni gathering of participants from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan while talking to Online News said that Netherlands is taking difficult economic decisions mainly because of the Greek crisis and recession in Europe that forced to cut the development aid and to adopt targeted funding. This is because it has become impossible for Dutch government to continue operations in Pakistan, he added.The Dutch Ambassador said that although it is easier to do business in Pakistan than India but corruption, religious hostility, political uncertainty and bureaucratic red tape, law and order situation were the main reasons that led to the continuous decrease in trade and investment between the two countries.He was of the view that Pakistan has a great potential to become a progressive state but do not realize its potential as it has abundance of resources. He said that in 2010 Netherlands have helped Pakistan Euro 25 million in the shape of humanitarian aid during the floods. He said that there is huge potential in agriculture and dairy sector in Pakistan and Netherlands would like to invest in it. When the Dutch ambassador was asked to comment on the current political scenario of Pakistan he said that it is the internal matter of Pakistan. He was of the view that Netherlands want political stability in Pakistan. He said that politically stabile Pakistan is in the interest of the world. He said that Netherlands would try to complete its development programmes in social and development sector.Earlier, the Dutch ambassador while addressing the gathering appreciated the role of Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education for the second time in Pakistan on reducing earthquake vulnerability through generating seismic micro zonation maps using geo information (GIS/Remote sensing).The course was organized in collaboration with the National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar, the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente (ITC-UT) in The Netherlands and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) in Bangkok.Dr. Mark van der Meijde and Dr. Harald van der Werff andDoctor Muhammad Asif Khan has informed the participants on the effectiveness of ITC International workshop on earthquake vulnerability reduction at the ceremony.