FM invites opposition to discuss national security issues


MULTAN, Mar 24 (APP)::Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said here on Sunday he wanted to engage the opposition parties in comprehensive discussions on issues related to national security.
Talking to the media at Qasim Fort before joining the concluding ceremony of three-day Spring Festival 2019 here, he welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message on Pakistan Day.
He said that he, in his capacity as foreign minister and in consultation with Prime Minister Imran Khan, has sent a letter to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
He said that he had also contacted opposition leader in National Assembly, Shahbaz Sharif, and PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari to ask them for discussions on the national security related issues.
He said that the government was ready to discuss the matter in parliament also.
He asked Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to send his point of view on the important issues in writing.
He said that India was trying to defame Pakistan in the international community in order to push Pakistan from FATF grey list to the black list, adding that political parties should come forward to devise a comprehensive plan to deal with the national security related matters with consensus.
To a question about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s greetings on March 23, the foreign minister said that India was bent on attacking Pakistan in February this year, and now it is sending greetings on the Pakistan Day. However, he described it as a positive change.
He welcomed Indian PM’s statement of initiating joint efforts for overcoming poverty, terrorism and betterment of the Subcontinent.
He said that Pakistan had no hesitation in moving forward on these issues as Prime Minister Imran Khan had already stated that India and Pakistan should ensure joint efforts on these issues.
FM Qureshi, however, added that there might be some uncertainty in mutual relationship till the holding of elections in India, adding that we must be ready for dealing with any kind of situation.
He said that his recent visit to China was very important as China is one of the best friends and well-wishers of Pakistan. He said that China had a clear stance on all international and regional issues, adding that it had always stood by Pakistan in the past and it would do so in future as well.
To another question, Qureshi condemned the incident of New Zealand in which 50 Muslims were martyred by a White supremacist terrorist, who had also livestreamed the gory act.
He said that the incident happened due to Islamophobia.
He lauded the support and action of Prime Minister of New Zealand and the people of the country after the sad incident.
Qureshi said that Pakistan and Turkey had called an urgent meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in which six points were released in the joint statement, out of which four were suggested by him as the foreign minister of Pakistan.
He said that the PPP and Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) have the right to pursue their political strategies. He said that most of the workers of both parties were not happy with the current political situation. Qureshi also quoted the statement of PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan in which he said that the PPP had always faced trouble whenever it made alliance with the PML-N.
The foreign minister said that every kind of protection was being given to the minorities in the country.
To another question, Qureshi said that proper medical facilities were being given to former premier Nawaz Sharif and the medical teams had declared his medical condition satisfactory.