Pervaiz Musharaf criticises Pakistan foreign policy with Arab states

Pervaiz Musharaf criticises Pakistan foreign policy with Arab states

DUBAI: Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharaf criticized the Pakistani government for not siding with the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ) comprising Saudi Arabia , the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain against Qatar.

In an interview to Arab Media, he stated, “I’m shocked at how the Pakistani government dealt with the Qatar crisis. Qatar was never with Pakistan , and we witnessed this many a time”.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE “have always been Pakistan’s great friends. We must never do anything that’s against either country both have always stood by us, and we must value their friendship.”

Citing the Pakistani ruling party’s business interests in Qatar , he said his country’s “larger interests were ignored over personal business interests. If that’s the priority, then God save our country.”

Musharraf described President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as “disastrous.” He said: “Trump has been saying he wants to do something to settle the Palestinian issue, but this isn’t the way forward. This issue is extremely sensitive in the Muslim world.”

Musharaf expressed disappointment with the Muslim world’s reaction to the US move. “Unfortunately, the Muslim world doesn’t have a forum to give a unified voice,” he said.

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