Islamabad: Pakistan’s outgoing Foreign Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan, who also holds the Defence portfolio, said on Thursday that his country will continue to support the Kashmiri and India will have to “abandon negative approaches, and concede to the logic of unconditional dialogue.”
Talking to reporters on the five-year performance report of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, which completed its term today, he said that Pakistan highlighted and forcefully put the Kashmir issue at every forum and platform, particularly at the UN General Assembly.
He accused India of disrupting the Indus Water Treaty and escalating violations of ceasefire at the Line of Control and Working Boundary.
Khan claimed that the arrest and confession of Indian prisoner Khulbhushan Jadhav has beyond “an iota of doubt proven India’s reprehensible designs to subvert Pakistan.”
On Afghanistan, he said Pakistan would continue to lend all possible support to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process of peace and reconciliation. He also welcomed the Afghanistan government’s unconditional offer of talks to the Taliban.
The minister also shared the government’s five-year performance report called “Pakistan’s Foreign Policy 2013-2018: Challenges, Successes and Future Direction”.
He said in the past five years, Pakistan had faced numerous challenges emanating from a difficult strategic environment, unprecedented flux in the geopolitical context, and its fight against terrorism and extremism.
“We have navigated successfully through turbulent waters, and have achieved measurable success through a ‘regional recalibration’ of our foreign policy,” he said.
He said the launch and quick progress on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the flagship project of President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative, has been a landmark achievement. “It is a measure of success of our foreign policy that we are now poised to translate our geo-strategic location into a geo-economic asset,” he said.
He said the PML-N government delivered on all fronts in five years and the country emerged from the dark period of terrorism, crippling energy shortages, and a regressing economy into a peaceful, economically vibrant, energy-sufficient and globally-connected nation.
On Pakistan’s strained ties with the US, he said, “The new US policy on Afghanistan and South Asia has created an “unnecessary” divergence, which is based largely on perceptions rather than facts.”