Imran Khan wants Pakistan to heal Riyadh-Tehran rift

Says Islamabad must not join coalition against Iran


Our Correspondent January 08, 2016
PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD:


PTI chief Imran Khan on Friday said Pakistan should not become part of any coalition against neighboring Iran.


Talking to reporters he said being a nuclear state, Pakistan should play a ‘leading role’ in resolving the Iran-Saudi Arabia standoff.

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“If Pakistan becomes part of coalition, it will become difficult to play any role as mediator” Khan said while talking to reporters.

Khan had separate meetings with the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia and Iran before his press talk. He feared that escalation of tension between the two Muslim countries would have a negative impact on Pakistan.

Referring to relations with the countries, the PTI chief said one was Pakistan’s close friend and the other is a neighbor.

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“We are in opposition, but we have made our position clear. The government should make its position clear on the issue” he added

He said learning from history Pakistan should not become part of any proxy war.

He further said that all political parties in Pakistan, including PTI, strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Indian Airbase in Pathankot.

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According to PTI chief recent interactions between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with his Indian counterpart were on a personal level.

“The prime minister’s meeting with Modi did not happen through foreign office. These contacts were personal. It would have been better if PM had got institutional feedback before the meeting” he added.

Khan alleged that these interactions were organised by PM Nawaz’s Indian business partner Jandal, who has also been maligning Pakistan’s intelligence agencies.

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PTI vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the government has agreed to brief the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs next Friday despite knowing that the tension is escalating with each passing day.

Shah said the government must take parliamentary committee into confidence as soon as possible instead of delaying briefing till next week.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2016.

COMMENTS (13)

PTI Workers United | 5 years ago | Reply @Saf: Not a pML fan here but ex PTI. Just Waiting for Kaptaan's U turn on this one. PM meets modi (it is wrong according to IK) but he meets Modi in India it is OK. WoW
Tariq Shah | 5 years ago | Reply yes Pakistanis like IK like to think we are responsible for the entire world, just not ourselves. He should have allowed mediation between his ex wife. I guess he does nto believe in mediation for himself. Stop being fooled by false messiahs.
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