Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Saturday that all evidences that prove India’s involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan would be presented to the United Nations and New Delhi.
Speaking to journalists after attending the Foreign Ministers’ Forum 2015 at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Karachi, Aziz said Pakistan had gathered all the information on the terrorist activities India has aided and abetted on Pakistan’s soil.
He also expressed grief over the Grand Mosque crane collapse in Makkah that has claimed more than 100 lives and injured scores more since Friday.
Asked when a foreign minister would be appointed, he said he himself was working as a full-time foreign minister.
Commenting on Pakistan-Afghanistan relations, Aziz said the two countries were again heading towards a reconciliation policy. “We hope it would help stop insurgency in Afghanistan.”
Former foreign minister Khursheed Kasuri told the students at IBA that the government had been receiving a lot of flak for not lashing out at India. “We should understand the consequences of our own statements. It’s not the Muslims of Pakistan or Bangladesh but the Indian Muslims who have to suffer hatred in India.”
Commenting on the Kashmir dispute, he said the issue would never be resolved until the world is ready to listen to what the Kashmiris want. “The more you try to silence them, the more Pakistani flags you’ll see rising in Kashmir. And that is what India also needs to understand.”
Speaking at the forum, former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar listed three key principles to consider when it comes to foreign policy.
“We should be proactive rather than reactive. If India’s premier speaks against Pakistan, we should avoid indulging him and responding to hate. Secondly, Pakistan should lead by confidence and not by fear. And thirdly, our foreign policy should not be hostile towards other countries.”
Published in The Express Tribune, September 13th, 2015.