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Pakistan’s peace linked to peace of Afghanistan: FM Qureshi

Pakistan’s peace linked to peace of Afghanistan: FM Qureshi
July 28, 2019
MULTAN (92 News) – Desiring immediate peace process in Afghanistan, Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi has termed that Pakistan’s peace is linked to the peace of Afghanistan. Speaking to the journalists in Multan on Sunday, the minister said that he did not ask the US for aid and Pakistan demands peace in Afghanistan. “Some forces do not want Pakistan’s peace efforts to succeed,” he added. “Prime Minister Imran Khan has successfully presented Islamabad’s stance in a very appropriate manner and this visit discouraged the anti-peace efforts of enemies,” the minister said. FM Qureshi paid rich tribute to the martyrs of terrorist attack on Balochistan and North Waziristan, saying that the martyred protected country’s borders with the sacrifice of their bloods.
US acknowledges Pakistan’s efforts for Afghan peace
“Whole international community including the US, has unanimously accepted Pakistan’s narrative of peaceful solution to Afghan issue,” he said, adding that the US has acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts in Afghan peace process as the prime minister has successfully presented Islamabad’s narrative in a very appropriate manner. FM Qureshi said the development process in tribal districts has been started and a large amount of money earmarked in current budget for development in these areas. He also announced three development projects for Multan. Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi categorically said that they were on a visit to the United States not to beg something, but to take up matters on equal footings and seeking investment from Pakistan community. Addressing a gathering of Pakistani community gathered at the Capital One Arena in Washington, he said:  “We have not come here with a begging bowl rather we will speak to our counterparts as how to improve bilateral relations between Pakistan and US and seek investments from overseas Pakistanis to change country’s fate.” Referring to Kartarpur and CPEC projects, Qureshi said we are here to open new corridors on borders that were previously closed. “We have not come with any demands for aid. We’re here because Prime Minister Imran Khan will share with President Trump, the road-map of Naya (New) Pakistan.” The foreign minister said many Pakistani premiers have visited America in the past but this the first PM who has written history by not chartering a Boeing 777 but traveling a commercial flight along with his high-powered entourage. “Who chose to stay at Pakistan House rather an expensive hotel,” Qureshi questioned. He said the crowd at the Capital One Arena in Washington is electric, adding this is history in the making. “Any Pakistani leader has never ever been accorded such a warm reception by Pakistani community on US visit.”