Politics Of Confrontation Not PTI's Policy: FM Qureshi

MULTAN, (Pakistan Point News - 12th Jan, 2019 ) :Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday said that politics of confrontation was not a part of PTI's policy and government did not have authority to send anyone to jail.

Talking to media person during a dinner organized by UC Chairman Sajid Nawaz Khokar here, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that courts were independent and their verdicts would be implemented.

He said that not even a single case had been initiated in the incumbent government's tenure against opposition parties.

He said there was rule of law in the country, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan also presented himself before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in helicopter case despite the fact that the case was not important.

FM Qureshi added that some elements were creating hurdles in establishment of South Punjab as separate province by spreading various rumours. He urged media persons to play an active role in discouraging such elements.

He said that two third majority was needed to get resolution passed for establishment of South Punjab and the incumbent government was striving hard to get support from all apposition parties for this purpose.

He said the funds of South Punjab were allocated in the past but later shifted to other cities instead of this area which was already deprived of basic facilities.

He said that sub-secretariat would be established in the current fiscal year and separate public service commission would also be established to provide maximum job opportunities to the people of this area.

FM Qureshi maintained that all state entities were facing deficit when PTI came into power.

He said that the previous government announced various projects before the elections, adding that the people were facing the consequences of those announcements in shape of taxes and inflation.

He said the incumbent government had an option to go to IMF for financial aid but the government decided to restore relationships with friendly countries first.

He said that positive results could be seen due to government policies as Saudi Arabia had announced package of 12 billion dollars, UAE announced three billions Dollars and China announced two billions for economical stability in the country.

He said that China would also invest in second phase of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The Foreign Minister further said that President of Malaysia Mahathir Muhammad would visit Pakistan on March 23 and he was bringing different investors with him.

He said that he had visited Qatar recently and Prime Minister Imran Khan would also visit Qatar on March 22. He said that Qatar had announced work visa for one lakh Pakistanis which would bring positive impact on the country's economy.

He said the government had recently conducted a comparison between performance in December 2017 and December 2018, adding that 4.5 percent increase in export had been registered while 11.2 percent decrease in import had been recorded in December 2018.

He said the government had taken difficult decisions in order to strengthen country's economy.

Qureshi while responding to a question said that Pakistan would defend its case against Kulbhushan Jadhav in the International Court of Justice.

To another question, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that India was facing problem because international community was also endorsing Pakistan's stance about Indian brutality in Indian Held Kashmir. He said that the human rights commission of United Nation had also highlighted the issue of Kashmir in its report while all parties parliamentary group of British Parliament had also issued a report on the issue.

He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan and he himself were also highlighting the issue of Indian Occupied Kashmir during visits to other countries. He said that all political parties had same stance on the Kashmir issue.

He said that he had invited all parties to hold international conference at London to express solidarity with the people of Indian Held Kashmir and to highlight the issue in front of international community.

He said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf believed that use of force was not solution of Afghanistan, adding that dialogues were the most suitable way forward. He said that all stakeholders of Afghanistan had to decide their future and Pakistan could play a role of facilitator for bringing peace there.

When Prime Minister Imran Khan said about dialogues for peace, he was named as Taliban Khan but now the America had also agreed for dialogues, the Foreign Minister added.

He said that he had met with President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah and others and discussed all matters with them. He said that Zalmay Khalilzad would visit Pakistan in next few days.

He said the government agreed on investigations when opposition raised allegations of rigging in election.

He said that formation of standing committees in the Parliament were needed to pass any resolution but the opposition parties refused to support the government and demanded chairmanship of Public Account Committee for Shahbaz Sharif who was facing corruption charges in NAB case.