Pakistan foreign policy to be based on mutuality — Mazari

Islamabad: Pakistan Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari on Wednesday said the new government’s foreign policy would be based on mutuality and self-respect, without compromising on the country’s national interest.

Responding to the amended budget speech by Khawaja Asif and Sardar Akhtar Mengal, Minister for Human Rights, Mazari said, “The stance taken by the prime minister, [is] that the world is seeing a dawn of new foreign policy in Pakistan, based on mutuality, self-respect without compromising the country’s national interests”.

She regretted that the previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had never discussed foreign policy matters on the floor of the House.

Pakistan is still facing the side-effects of the compromises made by the previous government, she said.

“We welcome debate on foreign policy in the House as it is the stance of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to discuss the foreign policy in the parliament,” she added.

The minister regretted that resolutions on foreign policy passed by the assembly had not been implemented by the PML-N government.

She said, despite demands by the PTI and PPP, the PML-N government had never brought the agreements inked with the countries for discussion/rectification in the parliament.

She said during his visit to Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Imran Khan highlighted that Pakistan desired peace in Muslim Ummah and offered the role of facilitator.

She said it is also the first time that the UK had agreed to cooperate with Pakistan in checking money laundering.

She said that it was a good step by the previous government to when they initially wrote a letter to the International Court of justice (ICJ) declining its jurisdiction.

But she regretted the fact that later they (PML-N) had accepted its jurisdiction by pursuing the case of Kulbhushan Yadav filed by India.

She also said that the person nominated by the Foreign Office to fight Kulbhushan’s case had also not taken the proper time to make representations in the court.

“It was very sensitive case,” she added. She said it was unfortunate that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his visit to India to attend Indian Prime Minsiter Modi’s oath taking ceremony, had refused to meet with APCH leadership.

She said Nawaz Shairf had ample time to meet the Indian businessmen.

Shireen Mazari said it was unfortunate that PML-N government had put the Kashmir issue on the back-burner.


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