WASHINGTON    -   Foreign Minister Bil­awal Bhutto Zardari Tuesday said that Pa­kistan does not want charity but economic justice as it produces only 0.8 percent car­bon but it is the most affected country due to global warming.

Addressing a dia­logue held in Wilson Centre in Washing­ton, he said that thir­ty-three million peo­ple of Pakistan have been affected while standing crops at four hundred thousand people of Pakistan. He said that the wealthy countries should provide 100 billion US dollars a year to less wealthy nations, to help them adapt to climate change and mitigate fur­ther rise in temperature.

He stressed the world countries to provide more medicines, tents, mos­quito nets and food items for flood-hit areas as diseases have been pre­vailed in flood-affected areas of Pakistan. “F-16’s, obviously Indians are going to be upset, let them be, Kiya karein(what do we do)?” says FM Bilawal in response to a question at the Wilson Centre while in conver­sation with Michael Kugelman. 

US has announced $10 million for Pakistan’s flood relief efforts in addi­tion to the already announced assis­tance of $56.1 million. The announce­ment was made by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, while speaking to press after meeting Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Washington D.C. A statement issued by Pakistan’s Foreign Office says that Foreign Min­ister Bilawal apprised Secretary Blinken of the devastation caused by the cataclysmic floods with more than 33 million people displaced and a huge loss of lives and livelihoods.

He highlighted the relief efforts of the government and people of Paki­stan and thanked the US government for its assistance.

The foreign minister said no coun­try could deal with a crisis of this proportion on its own.

He emphasised that Pakistan, being one of the lowest emitters, was iron­ically one of the most severely im­pacted by climate change.

The foreign minister said that Paki­stan was seeking climate justice and looked towards its partners for as­sistance in recovery efforts from this climate induced calamity.

Bilawal said that Pakistan was committed to building back better, greener and climate resilient infra­structure in areas such as irrigation, communication, energy, agri-tech­nology, and health. Immediate action is required to help developing coun­tries effectively face the climate cri­sis. The foreign minister underscored the historic and growing importance of Pakistan-US relationship in pro­moting peace, security, and econom­ic prosperity in the region.

The statement said FM Bilawal re­affirmed Pakistan’s commitment to deepening and broadening its ties with the US, particularly in the areas of trade and investment and under­lined that both countries were cele­brating 75th anniversary of the estab­lishment of diplomatic relations in a befitting manner. Secretary Blinken expressed condolences and solidari­ty with Pakistan over the loss of pre­cious lives and monumental economic losses. He reaffirmed US commitment to continue cooperating with Pakistan in meeting the challenges of rehabili­tation and reconstruction.