PTI government hinted at foreign policy shift towards Russia and China

PTI government hinted at foreign policy shift towards Russia and China

ISLAMABAD - PTI government has hinted at foreign policy shift towards Russia and China.

President Dr Arif Alvi while addressing the joint session of Parliament has touched upon the foreign policy.

He has said that cordial relations with all countries particularly, the neighbors and Muslim countries constitute the basis for the country's foreign policy.

He said Pakistan desires peaceful and good neighborly relations with India based on mutual co-existence. He stressed that the resolution of Kashmir dispute is essential to have an enduring relationship between the two countries. Blame game brings no solution to any dispute.

President Alvi reaffirmed Pakistan's moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people. He maintained that Pakistan will continue efforts at every level to resolve dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions.

Highlighting the sacrifices of Kashmiri people, he said denying the Kashmiris’ right of self-determination is condemnable. He urged the international community to play its role to bring an end to the grave human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.

The President said our friendship with China is exemplary and is based on mutual trust. He said the two countries have also stood by each other in the hour of trial. He said the government fully supports the CPEC which is boosting economic activity in the region. He hoped the government completes the CPEC projects expeditiously which will help in further strengthening our relations and mark beginning of new era in the region. He expressed the confidence that energy and trade relations with the Central Asian Republics will also be strengthened.

He said Pakistan gives importance to its relations with Russia and expressed the confidence that relations in the fields of economy, defence and culture will be strengthened. He said our relations with Turkey are important factor in the stability and progress of the entire region.

On Afghanistan, the President said peace and stability there is vital for the peace in Pakistan. He said peace in Afghanistan will open new trade corridors for us and the region. He said we shall continue endeavors for this purpose with full sincerity.

As the President was delivering his address to the joint sitting, Members belonging to PML-N, staged a walkout from the session.

The Joint Session has been prorogued.