Pakistan foreign minister hits out at India over hyped surgical strike talks

ISLAMABAD – Minster for Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi has hit out against India over issue of surgical strike.

Qureshi has said on Thursday that the noise of India about surgical strikes is not more than foolish talks, adding dialogue is the only option to resolve all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan.

The Senate session was held in the chair of Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandiwala. Responding to Senator Raza Rabbani’s objection, the minister said the prime minister immediately after assuming power offered India to come to dialogue table in order to remove illiteracy and poverty from the region.

The foreign minister said that Pakistan needs peace at both eastern and western fronts. He said said our response was very measured and mature in which we said Pakistan is willing to engage when they are ready as engagement is the only solution to our bilateral outstanding issues.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said two neighbors, that are also nuclear powers, have been acknowledging of their bilateral issues since the last many decades. Dialogues were also held in the past and these were stalled due to various reasons.

Regarding the opening of Kartarpur Corridor, he said the gesture by Pakistan was made for peace and completing the long-standing demand of Sikh community to visit one their holiest places.