ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi while denouncing Israeli aggression in strong terms has said firing by Israeli forces on unarmed faithtul at Al Aqsa mosque is deplorable.
“ Israeli forces firing on unarmed faithful in Al Aqsa mosque is regrettable. International community should take steps to stop Israeli violence. Pakistan stance with reference to Al Aqsa mosque and Palestine is very clear. The result of visit to Saudi Arabia will become visible soon. Pakistan wants to see peace in Afghanistan. Iran-Saudi Arabia talks process has started. Our stance on Kashmir is very clear. Kashmir issue was put before Saudi Arabia. A big community has stood up against Modi in India. Certain complaints have been received by Prime Minister Imran Khan about ambassadors and he has taken notice. The motive behind is reforms” he said this while addressing a press conference here Tuesday.
Like Turkey Pakistan stand on Palestine and Al-Aqsa mosque is very clear, he said adding firing on faithful by Israeli forces is regrettable. The whole Muslim Ummah will have to unite on Palestine issue, he remarked. .
He underlined Jammu and Kashmir cannot be an internal issue of India as it is on the agenda of the UN and there are several Security Council resolutions on it.
The Foreign Minister said Pakistan and Kashmiri people have totally rejected the illegal steps taken by India on the 5th August 2019. He said Pakistan has raised its voice on the matter at all the international forums. He said there is no ambiguity in Pakistan’s stance on the lingering dispute.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said at present no talks are taking place with India. He however said talks can take place if India revisit its policy in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and provide relief to the people there.
Referring to his telephonic conversation with his Turkey counterpart, the Foreign Minister said Mevlut Cavusoglu is in Saudi Arabia and during talks with the Saudi Foreign Minister today, he will propose an emergency ministerial level meeting of the OIC in order to effectively raise voice of Muslim Ummah on the Palestinian issue.
The Foreign Minister termed the recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Saudi Arabia as an extraordinary one saying its results will be visible in the coming days. An institutionalized mechanism has been put in place in order to further strengthen the bilateral relationship in different fields.
He held a Saudi delegation of senior officials will visit Pakistan after Eid to build upon the discussion that took place in Jeddah. This will be followed by the visit of Saudi Foreign Minister, he added. .
Responding to a question, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the Saudi visit defeated the designs of those elements who were trying to draw a wedge between the two fraternal countries.
Different memorandum of understandings were signed between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, he said adding Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan and Saudi Crown prince have held talks as well. The bilateral economic ties also came under disxussion.
Saudi crown prince said there is demand of jobs in Saudi Arabia, he said adding they will provide 10 million jobs in next few years. It is not necessary the laborers get employment. Jobs will be provided to white collar Pakistanis as well.
The Foreign Minister also welcomed the ceasefire announcement by the Afghan government and the Taliban on the occasion of Eid saying it is a positive development and will create an enabling environment for future talks. He assured that Pakistan will continue to support and facilitate the Afghan peace process. He said peace in Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan.
Responding to a question, the Foreign Minister categorically stated that Pakistan will not give any base to the US after its withdrawal from Afghanistan.
He pointed out Saudi foreign minister has accepted his invitation to visit Pakistan. It was settled with Saudi Foreign minister that he would visit Pakistan after Eid ul Fitr.
We condemn attack on school in Kabul. Key to all issues lies in dialogue. All the issues between Taliban and Afghan government should be resolved through talks, he remarked. I hope Afghan peace process will go ahead , he added.
Peace in Afghanistan is in the interest of Afghan citizens and Taliban, he said adding Pakistan is with Afghanistan in Afghan process. We are well wishers of Afghans, he added.