Decision to boycott Bonn conference was a difficult one, says Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Published: December 5, 2011

Qureshi says thIS decision will affect Pakistan’s diplomatic relations. PHOTO: SHAHID SAEED

MULTAN: Newly-appointed vice chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI), Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that boycotting the Bonn conference was the most sensitive and difficult decision taken by the government.

He also claimed that the decision “was not taken by the Prime Minister.”

Addressing the Hussainia conference in Multan, Qureshi said that the people of Pakistan should stand against the “Yazeeds” of the present time, who are “sitting in power corridors” today.

Qureshi also said that the decision to boycott the Bonn conference will affect Pakistan’s diplomatic relations.

Talking about the Nato attacks, he said that the government was never interested in resolving this issue.

“The Prime Minister is busy securing a place for his son in politics and is conspiring against me in NA 148,” Qureshi said.

Pointing out the sensitivity of the Nato issue, Qureshi said that Pakistan has to “move very carefully now as the future will be more difficult.”

Qureshi also said that the present rulers are just trying to extend their stay in power and that they are not concerned with the people of Pakistan and their problems.

“Pakistanis have to now decide about their future. If they want a bleak future, they can remain silent but a bright future only lay in standing up against this government,” Qureshi said.

Talking about the PTI politics in the region, Qureshi said that the party’s central committee will decide the future course and that he will follow the instructions, with mutual cooperation.

Homage to Karbala martyrs

Paying tribute to the mission of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions, Qureshi said that their actions had clearly set an example for everyone to follow.

“Their message is of peace and love without any discrimination,” said the PTI vice chairman.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Patrick
    Dec 5, 2011 - 8:12PM

    As far as I know, Mr Quereshi resigned from the government a while ago. On what basis is he he making any statements re this decision ?

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  • Cautious
    Dec 5, 2011 - 8:57PM

    It would appear he is taking lessons from Musharraf – once your out of office and are excluded from the process you hold press conferences to talk about things as if you are still in office.

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  • Dec 5, 2011 - 8:59PM

    Vienna,December 5,2011
    Good to see at least the voice of Mr.Quereshi´s spokesman Basit
    instead of poor Madame Janjua.I wont be surprised to see Shah
    Maqdoom Quereshi once again as this government´s Foreign
    Affairs Minister!
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna

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  • Kung
    Dec 5, 2011 - 9:07PM

    @Patrick. Anybody with slightest sense knows it was army’s decision.

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  • Patrick
    Dec 5, 2011 - 9:41PM

    @Kung:
    agreed! I am not debating who made the decision, but what Mr Quereshi’s qualifications(none) are to make a public comment on on it since he is not part of government or opposition(for that matter)

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Dec 5, 2011 - 9:47PM

    I don’t agree what Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said.

    Boycotting Bonn conference decision was NOT a difficult one, as there was no will before.

    I am sure that Shah Mahmood Qureshi should have heard that “when there is a will, there is a way”.

    Implementing on the same proverb, Shah Mahmood Qureshi had the will to change the political party.

    He left PPP and joined PTI. Here the proverb is proved to be true. Shah Mahmood Qureshi had the will and he got the way.

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  • Mirza
    Dec 5, 2011 - 10:37PM

    To me he said a whole lot of nothing. Can anybody tell me whether he is for the decision or against the decision of the govt?Or is he only playing with words.

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  • Maryam
    Dec 5, 2011 - 11:03PM

    He become second to Imran Khan in PTI in just a week’s time………….wow…….that is a great jump.

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  • You Said It
    Dec 5, 2011 - 11:33PM

    This foretells Qureshi’s future. Living in Imran’s shadow, he will forever be making pointless statements about decisions in which he had no say to people who don’t even ask his opinion.Recommend

  • Saboor
    Dec 6, 2011 - 12:38AM

    @Patrick: He is a peer, he has special powers to know :)

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  • OpportunityForPeace
    Dec 6, 2011 - 7:38AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    Implementing on the same proverb, Shah Mahmood Qureshi had the will to change the political party. He left PPP and joined PTI. Here the proverb is proved to be true. Shah Mahmood Qureshi had the will and he got the way.

    Lame example – here’s a counter example: Qureshi has always had the will to be the Prime Minister, but since he joined PTI there is no way he will be PM so long as Imran is around.

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  • AN
    Dec 7, 2011 - 2:29AM

    He is making it sound like he is still in his office. Poor guy has gone senile.

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