India spoiling Afghan peace process: Qureshi

Published January 18, 2021
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that India is playing the role of a spoiler in the ongoing Afghan peace process. — AP/File
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that India is playing the role of a spoiler in the ongoing Afghan peace process. — AP/File

MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that India is playing the role of a spoiler in the ongoing Afghan peace process.

“We have already conveyed our concerns to the Afghan government and the international community with evidence,” the minister said while speaking at a corner meeting in his constituency on Sunday.

Mr Qureshi claimed that after some steps taken by the PTI government regarding Kashmir, the international community’s stance on the Kashmir issue was changing.

“The world is now realising what we have been saying for the last two years. The British parliamentarians have categorically stated that Kashmir is a disputed issue of international level. This is an encouraging thing for Kashmiris as it will further expose India,” the foreign minister said.

About domestic politics, Mr Qureshi said there were differences within the Pakistan Democratic Movement over the long march.

“We are aware of the difference of opinion in the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz while the JUI-F is also divided into two groups. Disappointment is prevailing in the rank and file of the PDM, but in order to motivate their workers, they are holding public meetings,” he said.

The minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had already announced that there would be no relief for the plunderers of national wealth.

Mr Qureshi said he believed that Seraiki areas should get recognition as no one could suppress the voices for a south Punjab province.

“The people of Wasaib will get their rights, no matter whether the PTI remains in power or not. The PTI believes in strengthening of federation and for concrete administrative structure and devolution of powers at grassroots level, we believe the establishment of south Punjab province is necessary,” he said.

Mr Qureshi said the previous governments had not only failed to establish a separate province, but also set up a separate secretariat.

“I have convinced the prime minister for a separate province and have laid the foundation stone of it by establishing an independent secretariat,” he said.

Published in Dawn, January 18th, 2021

Opinion

Editorial

Road to perdition
Updated 01 Feb, 2023

Road to perdition

This is also the time of reckoning for those who sowed the seeds of a disastrous policy against militants.
Transport tragedies
01 Feb, 2023

Transport tragedies

TWO tragedies over the weekend illustrate the weak protocols governing the safety of transport in Pakistan. In fact,...
Disqualifying Jam Awais
01 Feb, 2023

Disqualifying Jam Awais

IT appears that there may be some kind of small punishment after all for PPP lawmaker Jam Awais, who was pardoned ...
Police Lines bombing
Updated 31 Jan, 2023

Police Lines bombing

Where the menace of terrorism is concerned, the government and opposition need to close ranks and put up a united front.
Oil price hike
31 Jan, 2023

Oil price hike

THE record single-day increase in petrol prices, preceded by massive currency depreciation, signifies the ...
Babar Azam’s award
31 Jan, 2023

Babar Azam’s award

BABAR Azam might not have lifted many trophies as Pakistan’s all-format captain in the last year but the star...