ISLAMABAD, Sep 22 (APP):Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Saturday said India showed negative
approach by cancelling the scheduled meeting between the foreign ministers of
India and Pakistan.
In an interview with a private television, he said Pakistan extended the hand for negotiations but
India withdrew its hand which exposed face of India at the international level
and highlighted the positive image of Pakistan.
The world was watching and
the internal differences of India had come into the open, he said adding, “The
world is saying that Pakistan is extending the hand of peace while India is
rejecting it.”
“We will live in peace and
we will say to those in India who favour peace that they should look at the
role of their government and condemn its thinking.”
He said today Pakistan was
standing on the right side of history and it was ready to open the border at
The minister pointed out
that on the matter of Kartarpura border, debate had started between Indian
Punjab and New Delhi. “Opening of Kartarpura is in the interest of people of
Indian Punjab. We are fully prepared and wanted that border should be opened to
facilitate Sikhs crossing the border for their religious worship. “We have set
a procedure in this regard and completed the arrangements.”
He said DGMOs of India and
Pakistan remained in contact and India had been unofficially informed about the
“Now India has to move
forward and we want that when Sikhs come to Pakistan on the 450th
birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, they should be provided facilities through
Kartarpura border.”
He said India had a
complaint that the army and the civilian government of Pakistan had different
policies but our government and army had the same thinking.
“We extended our hand for
peace and it was the opportunity to take forward the peace talks.”
He said before taking oath,
Prime Minister Imran Khan in his first speech said that if “they will take one
step forward. We will move two steps forward”.
Fawad said, “We invited
Kapil Dev, Navjot Sidhu and Gwaskar and Navjot Sidhu came to Pakistan and what
is happening to him in India, it is before everybody.”
He said army chief
announced to open Kartarpura border to facilitate the Yatrees, adding it was a
big step for the Sikh community of Indian Punjab. “I also said in my interviews
that we are ready to open this border.”
In this backdrop, Prime
Minister Imran Khan had stressed that foreign minister of Pakistan and India should
hold a meeting.
He told that Foreign
Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi would meet with foreign ministers of different
countries while attending the session of General Assembly of the United
After the visit of Saudi
Arabia and United Arab Emirates, the Foreign Minister had left to attend the UN
Fawad reminded that India
agreed that meeting would be held during the UN General Assembly session but it
seemed the government of India was divided and non-serious and half of the
people were in support of negotiations and half of the extremists did not want
The minister said after
the visit of United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pakistan, US had
changed its thinking.
After the visit of US
Secretary of State, an important statement of US Department of Defence came,
stating that the US considered Pakistan an important partner in Afghanistan and
it could play an important role in finding solution in Afghanistan. It seemed
that United States had changed its thinking but if India did not change its
thinking then it was up to it, he continued.
He said there were two
sections in India and Pakistan. One section in both the countries wanted normal
relations but another section did not support it.
He was of the view that it
was job of the leadership as to which sections it wanted to strengthen and
which sections it would ignore.
He said, “We are fighting
for the last seventy years. Millions of people sacrificed their lives for the
dignity of Pakistani flag. For us, nothing is ahead of respect and honour of
our country.”
“Millions of people in our
region are living life below the poverty line. Now we have to see whether we
want war or want to give them a better future.”
He said Parliament had the
task to formulate policy and the Prime Minister had presented his vision on the
foreign policy in the house, adding Parliament was working on the finance bill.
Prime Minister had given
the policy to normalize conditions in the region, he added.
Elections were near in
India and anti-Pakistan slogans sell in India, he remarked.
The minister said Imran
Khan talked to Turkey, India, Saudi Arabia and other countries at state level
while Nawaz Sharif had connection with billionaires like Jindal. “When you hold
your personal interest above the national interest then it creates problems.”
He said thinking of
Pakistan army was based on peace and amity. Fawad said CPEC was a project of
communication and setting up of special economic zones. Industries would be set
up and millions of people would get jobs.
He said CPEC would make
Gwadar and Karachi the hub of economic activities, adding the connectivity of
these two ports would decrease dependency on other ports.
The minister said, ”We
want that the benefits of CPEC should reach the public. Saudi Arabia is also
ready to invest in CPEC. We welcome the Saudi investment in Pakistan.”
He asserted that most of
the people were not aware of the relations between Nawaz Sharif and the
leadership of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia
share close strategic and economic interests, he added.
He said on one occasion,
Shah Abdullah interfered in the matter of Nawaz Sharif but Imran Khan was not
the man who would do deals. “No one will even ask Imran Khan to do a deal.
Nawaz Sharif is not that important that he will talk about him.”
He said Avenfield
apartment case was an issue of two plus two. “You have to tell whether you had
money or not. Your accounts are showing that there was no money. If there was
no money how you bought them?”
He said section nine of
NAB was clear that if you were a public office holder and you had a property
then you had to tell the sources for the property.
The minister said he did
not understand the reason for suspension of sentence of Nawaz Sharif.
“In our country, a thief
of cycle gets the punishment but one who steals a plane is saved. Our law is like
a web of spider in which a small bee gets stuck while bigger bees break the web
and get out of it.”
To a question about
performance of NAB, he said the performance of an institution could not be
judged on the basis of a single case.
He said chief of NAB
Justice ® Javed Iqbal was a respectable person and prosecutor Akram Qureshi was
a capable lawyer.
“It is to be seen what
weakness was left in the case. It will not be right to say that NAB left some
loophole. NAB changed prosecutor in these cases.”
He said Maryam Nawaz had
the advantage as a woman, adding an impression had been sent that there was a
different law for the powerful.
He said Nawaz Sharif would
continue to go in and out of jail, adding the case had two parts. In the second
part the allegation was that the money was of corruption and they had to prove
that the money was not gained through corruption. It was responsibility of the
accused to prove that the money was legal.
It was strange when
Supreme Court asked Asif Zardari from where the money came, he said it would be
trial of the grave of Benazir Bhutto. When Nawaz Sharif was asked he said it
was great injustice as he carried out nuclear explosions and he was still being
asked questions, Fawad added.
He said the family
politics of Nawaz Sharif had come to an end and his release from jail would not
have any effect on the bye elections.
Shehbaz Sharif was doing
politics and now Maryam could also do as it was her right to do politics.
“In the bye election of
Shangla, Shaukat Yousafzai won with bigger majority than before. They cannot
compete with us in elections,” he noted.
Fawad said a procedure was
set with Britain to bring the accused back.
Ishaq Dar will be brought
back to the country and his red warrant was issued. Ishaq Dar, Hassan Nawaz and
Hussain Nawaz would soon be in the grip of law. Britain had recently took
action against a Pakistani and soon progress would be made on the recent
declaration between Pakistan and Britain.
“We are also signing an
agreement with Switzerland and after that we will have access to the Swiss
He said, “When we put the
name of Nawaz Sharif on the Exit Control List (ECL), the criticism was why we
did it. Now they are out of the jail and if their name was not on the ECL they
could have gone out of the country right away.”
He said debate was
continuing across the globe on money laundering. After the matter of Panama
came in the open, the western world knew that people of the third world
countries looted money and invested there.
Every Pakistani ruler had
his home in London so the investigation was necessary from where they got this much
money, he added.
He said there was also
pressure inside Britain
for legislation
on this issue. Ishaq Dar and former chairman Federal Bureau of Revenue had
stated that $200 billion went out of Pakistan. “Now it is to be seen how this
“We are in contact with
Britain to bring back Ishaq Dar, Hassan and Hussain.”
He said Pakistan had
significant relationship with Britain on people to people level and “we are
hopeful that Britain will cooperate with us about our money there”.
He said, “We look at
everything in the context of vote. We say that a person who is not my voter
should be thrown out.”
The Prime Minister had
said that the matter of Afghans and Bengalis living in Pakistan, should be
looked in the context of humanity. “The children are born here and it is their
third generation. We have kept them limited to their camps. They do not have
schools and employment and they have no role in the economy and society of Pakistan.
They should be made part of the system.”
“This issue was first
opposed by the liberal
Peoples Party. A
uniform policy should be made on this issue and those parties which are opposing
it, they should be asked about the solution.”
He said in the last thirty
years of governments, these people could not be sent away. Under the laws of UNHCR,
these people could not be sent away and if the parties who were raising
objections had any better policy they should tell the government.
On certain national
issues, all political parties should think by staying above politics, he emphasized.
He said Zulfi Bukhari was
part of Pakistan Tehreek I Insaf (PTI) since 2012 and he took part in the fund
raising for the party and was
among the overseas Pakistanis. He rendered remarkable services for the party in
Britain. He had business in Britain but not in Pakistan.
Zulfi Bukhari was made
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister as PTI considered overseas Pakistanis
backbone of the country, he added.
“We have given him this
post to activate the ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and to play role as a
bridge for the overseas Pakistanis.”
Fawad said Nawaz Sharif
always brought money launders with him but Prime Minister Imran Khan would
neither take bribe nor would give bribe to anybody.
He said Naeemul Haq was old
companion of Imran Khan for the last 22 years and Aun Chaudhry was also with
him for the last many years so it was wrong to say that friends were being
He said bureaucracy was
not changed in Punjab, adding it was wrong that Deputy Commissioners directly
wrote letters as they should have informed their officers.
Bureaucracy would have to
do legal work of elected representatives and it would be wrong to declare it
political interference.
Fawad said a university
for media would be established. Media should present the
facts, he said adding Prime Minister was following the austerity drive and he
left the 100 kanal Prime Minister House and was living in a three bed room
Prime Minister House had
529 employees but Imran Khan had kept only four employees. As many as 103
vehicles were put on auction. 61 of them were sold while the remaining would
also be auctioned soon, he concluded.