Pakistan welcomes bridging of differences by Saudi Arabia, Iran: PM

  • Says he is sure this progress will multiply in many ways in future
  • Urges world to take notice of India’s dangerous brinkmanship

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday said bridging of differences between Saudi Arabia and Iran was a remarkable achievement and the positive development was seen by Pakistan with happiness and hope.

Speaking at an Iftar dinner hosted by him in honour of ambassadors of Islamic countries here, he said, “Because of the blessings of Ramazan, Saudi Arabia and Iran have bridged their differences and this is a remarkable achievement.

“We are all happy about this positive development and the follow up has been extremely speedy. It is a great pleasure to witness meetings of foreign ministers, and delegations visiting Riyadh and Tehran.

“This development is seen by Pakistan as a message of great happiness and hope. I am sure this progress will multiply in many ways in the future,” he added.

Talking about the Palestine issue, he said hundreds of people were killed in Palestine in the last many months in naked aggression.

The Prime Minister of Palestine and some of his cabinet members had made statements, saying the violence against the Palestinians was increasing, he continued.

PM Shehbaz Sharif said the world had witnessed a rough period and one could see what happened in global markets. Prices of oil and other items had gone beyond the reach of developing countries including Pakistan and other countries, he noted.

He said Pakistan suffered unprecedented floods because of climate change and then there was a massive earthquake in Turkey and Syria.

The PM said the Pakistani government was grateful to Islamic countries, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Malaysia for their very valuable and timely assistance for the flood affectees.

Every Muslim country came to help Pakistan at a difficult period and “we will remember your support for all times to come”, he remarked.

The prime minister said the occupation forces in Palestine had shown disdain and crossed red lines without any qualm.

He said Ramazan was a holy month which emphasised upon restraint, empathy, kindness, self introspection, generosity and effort to bridge differences.

‘World should notice India’s dangerous moves against peace’

Earlier, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday said the revelations by the former Governor of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) about the reality of Pulwama incident, had exposed India’s designs against Pakistan.

In a tweet, he said the revelations showed how the Indian government exploited the situation for political gains, which vindicated Pakistan’s position.

He urged the international community to take notice of India’s dangerous brinkmanship that could have led to disastrous consequences for the region.

The Foreign Office, in a statement, said the disclosures demonstrated how the Indian leadership had habitually used the bogey of terrorism from Pakistan to advance its sham victimhood narrative and the Hindutva agenda, clearly for domestic political gains.

“We hope that the international community would take cognizance of the latest revelations and see through India’s propaganda campaign against Pakistan, driven by selfish political considerations and based on lies and deceit,” it said.

The FO said it was time India be held accountable for the actions that imperiled regional peace in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack.



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