Pakistan foreign policy to be based on mutuality, self respect: Mazari
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari on Wednesday said that the new government’s foreign policy would be based on mutuality, self-respect, sans compromising country’s national interests.
Responding to the amended budget speech of Khawaja Asif and Sardar Akhtar Mengal, Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said, “ the stance taken by the prime minister, that the world is seeing a dawn of new foreign policy in Pakistan, based on mutuality, self-respect without compromising country’s national interests”.
She regretted that the previous government of PML (N) had never discussed foreign policy matters at the floor of the House. Pakistan is still facing the side effects of the compromises made by the previous government.
“We will welcome the debate on the foreign policy in the House as it was the stance of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to discuss the foreign policy in the parliament,” she added.
The Minister regretted that resolutions on foreign policy passed by the assembly had not been implemented by the PML-N government.
She said that despite demand of the PTI and PPP, the PML-N government had never brought the agreements inked with the countries for discussion/rectification in the parliament.
She said during his visit to Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Imran Khan made it clear that Pakistan desires peace in Muslim Ummah and offered the role of facilitator. She said it is also the first time that the UK had agreed to cooperate with Pakistan in checking money laundering.
She said that it was the good steps of the previous government for writing a letter to International Court of justice (ICJ) not to accept its jurisdiction.
But she regretted, later they (PML-N) had accepted its jurisdiction by pursuing the case of Kulbhushan Yadav filed by India.
She also said that the person nominated by the Foreign Office to fight Kulbhushan’s case had also not taken the proper time in the court. “It was very sensitive case,” she added.
She said it was unfortunate that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his visit to India to attend Indian Prime Minsiter Modi’s oath taking ceremony, had refused to meet with APCH leadership.
She regretted that Nawaz Shairf had ample time to meet the Indian businessmen.
Shireen Mazari said it was unfortunate that PML-N government had put the Kashmir issue in the back-burner.
She said that no calling attention notice and question had been entertained by the previous government regarding the achievements and expense of the National Assembly Special Committee on Kashmir.
She said that Iranian foreign minister had recently visited Pakistan and discussed the issue of Pakistani prisoners with his Pakistani counterpart .
She that collection of data of refugees, immigrant had been started by the government and will be shared with the House. She also invited political parties to sit together and resolve their issues once for all.
She regretted personal attack by the Khawaja Asif, saying such should be avoided.
Shireen Mazari said that Balochistan will now be given due share in their resources and development. She regretted that the previous governments had neglected the province and never fulfilled the promises made with the people of Balochistan.
She said our government will carry out development in the province with the consultation of the genuine stakeholders of Balochistan.
She added the government is also working to address the issue of enforced disappearances.