- FM Qureshi says economically robust Pakistan could be “an anchor of stability” within the area.
- Says Pakistan wants to construct broad-based ties with the US after the top of the Afghan conflict.
- Says India rebuffed Pakistan’s peaceable overtures.
NEW YORK: International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has mentioned that Pakistan wants to “break out of the cyclical sample” that had defined the Pak-US relationship up to now and discover new anchors for the connection in commerce, funding, and people-to-people exchanges.
Qureshi made these remarks as he outlined his imaginative and prescient for the long run of Pakistan’s bilateral relationship with the US and its efforts for regional stability in a keynote tackle on the Council on International Relations (CFR) in New York on Tuesday.
CFR President Ambassador Richard Haass welcomed Qureshi to the council, which is one of the US’ main suppose tanks and the writer of the International Affairs journal.
“With the top of the US mission in Afghanistan, Pakistan wants to construct a extra broad-based and multidimensional relationship with the USA,” mentioned Qureshi.
He mentioned that an economically robust Pakistan could be “an anchor of stability” within the area, which had suffered as a result of of 40 years of battle in Afghanistan.
Pakistan wants to work with the US in areas that would create jobs and financial prosperity on either side of the Pak-Afghan border and assist the Afghans rebuild their nation, he added.
Qureshi underscored that isolating Afghanistan had proved to be a mistake up to now. He mentioned that worldwide neighborhood might give you the option to encourage progress in the direction of a extra inclusive authorities in Afghanistan via sustained engagement.
The minister confused that a steady Afghan authorities would assist in “denying area to terrorist teams”.
“Whereas the Taliban ought to be held to their commitments on counter-terrorism, human rights, and political inclusivity, the quick precedence should be to assist the Afghan folks as they confront a possible humanitarian disaster,” he mentioned.
‘India rebuffed Pakistan’s peaceable overtures’
Talking of ties with India, he mentioned that Prime Minister Imran Khan had supplied dialogue to India quickly after assuming workplace.
“India had not solely rebuffed Pakistan’s peaceable overtures, however destabilised your entire area by its unlawful actions of August 5, 2019, in occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” mentioned Qureshi.
India failed to suppress the Kashmiri freedom wrestle, which was uncovered by its bewildered and inhumane response to the dying of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, he added.
Qureshi mentioned whereas Pakistan remained dedicated to discovering a peaceable resolution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, it was India’s onus to create the enabling setting for a significant and result-oriented dialogue.
He hoped that the worldwide neighborhood wouldn’t sacrifice the ideas of self-determination and freedom to political expediency in Kashmir.
The overseas minister’s remarks have been adopted by an interactive query and reply session with the viewers.
The occasion was attended by a big quantity of analysts and members from the suppose tank neighborhood in addition to media individuals.