Minister welcomes statements of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed and MNA Ahsan Iqbal
Fawad says PTI govt wanted to resolve 70 years old issues through discussion with India
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Monday said the entire nation stood united to thwart any conspiracy against the country.
Speaking in the Senate, he said the government was thankful to the opposition for standing with it over non-serious attitude of India on various issues instead of resolving them through dialogue.
The statements of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed and MNA Ahsan Iqbal were encouraging, which reflected the fact that the whole nation was united and stood like an iron wall for the country’s security. “Though we do not have similar opinion on various political issues yet we all stand united for the sovereignty of the country,” he added.
Fawad said that Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in response to the latter’s congratulatory message on his election. Pakistan adopted a reconciliatory policy as legend Indian cricketers were invited to attend the prime minister’s oath taking ceremony. The government wanted to resolve the 70 years old issues through discussion with India, he added.
Being Muslims, the minister said, “We believe in fighting for the right path. At the same time, we want to resolve the seven decades old issues through negotiations as war is a no solution,” he added.
Fawad said Pakistan wanted to lift those living below the poverty line across the region because it was an era where no single country could make progress individually. “There will be economic boom in the region through CPEC. There will be big markets, including China and also India if we move towards peace and reconciliation,” he added.
He said Pakistan wanted to steer millions of people out of poverty on both sides of the border and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would play a pivotal role in that regard.
Regarding auction of Prime Minister House’s vehicles, he said in the past 33 vehicles were purchased for Rs 980 million for a conference, which was never held. Besides, Rs 350 million were spent on their maintenance during the previous regime, he added.
About 61 vehicles had been sold while the sale of expensive ones would be held in the second phase soon, he said.