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FM Qureshi says Pakistan does not support any unilateral action

FM Qureshi says Pakistan does not support any unilateral action
January 6, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that the death of Iranian commander Gen Qassem Soleimani can be more serious than the incidents of Osama Bin Lader and Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. Speaking in the Senate on Monday, he said that the situation in the Middle East was very critical and concerning. “The intensity of the reaction can be gauged from the funeral of Gen Soleimani. The Middle East cannot afford any war. Pakistan will not be able to evade the heat in case of a war,” he said. The minister asked the United Nations to play its role to save the region from instability. “Pakistan will not allow its soil to be used against any country,” he added. He said that Pakistan can play a role in reconciliation, peace and stability, but will not augment fire of war in the region. “I talked to my regional counterparts, including Iran, and stressed the need for exercising utmost restraint to avoid any conflict in the region as a new war may have disastrous impact on regional countries,” he maintained. Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan does not support any unilateral action as use of force cannot offer any solution to an issue. “This may also negatively impact peace process in Afghanistan as well as can prompt Houthi rebels in Yemen to intensify their attacks on Saudi Arabia while Hezbollah can target Israel with rocket attacks.” The minister said that growing tension in the region can also be used by India toward world attention from grave human rights in Occupied Kashmir and ongoing protest demonstration across the country against Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens. PML-N leader Raja Zarfarul Haq said that Pakistan should be play a more active role in the Mideast situation. “Pakistan is in a position to play its role. It is not appropriate to ask Iran to show tolerance as mourning is going on there,” he said. He said that the foreign minister’s analysis is the analysis of compulsion.