–FM hopes deal between US and Taliban will be successful
–Urges US president to take up CAA bill, Kashmir lockdown on his India trip
MULTAN: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday said Pakistan was hopeful for the success of the peace deal between United States (US) and Afghan Taliban — to be signed on February 29 in Doha.
Talking to media persons here, he said Pakistan made sincere efforts in bringing the US and Taliban on the negotiation table.
Pakistan always convinced the world that there was no military solution to the Afghan issue and that it could only be resolved through dialogue, Qureshi said adding that “the US President Donald Trump nominated Zalmay Khalilzad to move forward for the peace process in Afghanistan”.
He said Pakistan also made the Taliban understand that the issue could be resolved through negotiations only. Pakistan wished that both sides should reach to a logical destination of peace in Afghanistan, he added.
“Some powers do not want peace in Afghanistan and they are conspiring against peace process by disturbing law and order through bomb blasts in the country,” he said, adding, “Such powers are spoilers and there is need to avoid and foil nefarious designs of these powers.”
Qureshi also informed that working on the intra-Afghan dialogue process was in progress.
“When there will be peace in Afghanistan, then the rebuilding process will be initiated. Pakistan will also take part in the rebuilding of Afghanistan,” the foreign minister said.
Responding to a question, he said the incumbent government brought the Kashmir issue in the limelight at the United Nations Security Council’s meeting after five decades. Similarly, the issue was also taken up at different forums, including the US Congress, House of Commons and some others, he added.
The foreign minister said recently, the UN Secretary-General had visited Pakistan and he was briefed about human rights violations in the occupied valley by the foreign ministry, Kashmir committee and other parliamentary committees concerned.
Responding to question about rising prices of sugar and flour, he said Prime Minister Imran Khan had constituted a special committee to identify responsible persons for rising prices of sugar and flour. He informed that the inquiry committee presented its report but it was incomplete so the prime minister ordered a further inquiry. The committee would present its detailed report soon, Qureshi said.
To another query regarding the completion of the government’s tenure, he said he did not agree with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s statement. A delegation of journalists from Punjab should visit interior Sindh and check the governance in the province.
Qureshi posed a question that did the PPP and PML-N resolve problems of the country or provinces?
“It is good for democracy that an elected government should complete its constitutional term,” Qureshi said and also added, “PTI assumed the government in difficult circumstances especially in economic crisis. PTI government is taking all possible steps to improve the economy.”
About coronavirus, he said there was no death in Pakistan due to the novel coronavirus. However, the government was highly vigilant, he added.
About US President Donald Trump’s visit to India, he hoped that the US president would talk about the Citizen Amendment Act (CAA) and the curfew in occupied Kashmir.