Qureshi invites opposition to offer their input on foreign policy issues
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi has invited the opposition to sit together with the government on foreign policy issues.
Speaking after Bilawal’s address to the NA, Qureshi responded to the PPP leader’s offer for help, saying that the government would welcome any suggestion from the opposition parties to cope with the challenges Pakistan is confronting with on foreign affairs’ front.
The minister invited Bilawal Bhutto, Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif, and other parliamentary leaders to come to the Foreign Office and the government would seek their inputs on foreign relations.
Govt committed to implement NAP in letter, spirit
The foreign minister said the government is also committed to implement National Action Plan in letter and spirit. He said the government is carrying out crackdown against proscribed organizations to defeat terrorism.
Regarding economic situation in the country, Qureshi said structural flaws in the economy are a major stumbling block we inherited from the previous government. He urged the opposition to come forward with valid suggestions to improve economy of the country.
The minister said boycotting of OIC meeting in Abu Dhabi was done in light of the unanimous resolution passed by the joint sitting of the parliament.
Regarding release of Indian pilot, he said Prime Minister Imran Khan took that decision in best interest of Pakistan and to deescalate the situation. He said Pakistan’s gesture of peace was widely acknowledged by the international community.
Pakistan to give befitting response to India when required: FM
Qureshi said the recent steps taken by the government of Pakistan were in the interest of the country. “We gave a befitting response to India when it was required,” he added.
He asserted that Pakistan was now heading towards peace. Responding to opposition’s castigation over economic problems faced by the country, the foreign minister said previous governments were actually responsible for economic de-stability instead of the current government.
Earlier, speaking on floor of the House, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said India is committing atrocities against innocent Kashmiris by using pellet guns and rape as tool for oppression.
He said Pulwama attack was not carried out by any non-state actor from another country, but it was done by a Kashmiri youth, which showed their annoyance.
He said the international community should take notice of the situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also paid rich tribute to the valiant armed forces of Pakistan in defending the motherland and foiling Indian aggression against the country.
He also called for implementation of National Action Plan to curb the scourge of terrorism in the country.