Bid to isolate Pakistan failed badly: Shah Mehmood Qureshi

MULTAN: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday said that the conspiracy to isolate Pakistan diplomatically is failing badly. The PTI leader expressed his views in a media talk in Multan, and said that his party would give its viewpoint after listening to government’s stance in National Assembly (NA), and no politics will be done on this national issue.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi maintained that a solid message has to be given through the NA session to United States, India and Afghanistan that Pakistan keeps brotherly relations with the people of Afghanistan. Millions of Afghan refugees are living in Pakistan for years, he said. he said that the complete administration of Lahore is busy in the election campaign of the candidate of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) which is against the electoral code of conduct. Qureshi demanded Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take notice of this violation.

He further added that the senior leaders of PML-N are angry with Nawaz Sharif’s policy against the judiciary. Mindful class is of the opinion that conflict with courts is not right, he remarked. Shah Mehmood commented that the proposal to reduce the tenure of assembly to four years will not get much acceptance. When he was asked about Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari’s acquittal in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) reference, Qureshi said he read about it in a newspaper, and cannot make comment.

Responding a question with regard to Pak-America ties and the foreign minister’s expected tour after Trump’s allegations, Qureshi said: “We want the foreign minister to take the National Assembly on board; [moreover] a session has been called on Monday.” Adding, the party will announce its plan of action following the session.

Praising the government’s decision of calling the assembly’s session, he said the party will deem the government’s stance before adopting a stance on foreign policy. Laying emphasis on national unity, Qureshi said that it’s a national issue and demands unity to give befitting reply to US president Donald Trumo and Indian PM Narendra Modi. “I am glad the way China, Iran, Turkey, and Russia backed Pakistan as Trump unveiled his new policy for South Asia,” he further said. Soliciting support for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s candidate Dr Yasmin Rashid in NA-120 by-election, Shah Mehmood Qureshi has announced that his party will hold a rally in Lahore on September 14 ahead of by-election.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that barring lawmakers to campaign for upcoming by-election in Lahore’s NA-120 constituency by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is deplorable. “The party’s central leadership has been denied entry in the constituency for by-election campaign,” he added. Shah Mehmood Qureshi anticipated a tough contest between PTI and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidates in the by-election, scheduled for September 17 next month. He said the party would ensure leaving no stone unturned for a great triumph in NA-120 by-poll. “The party will put all efforts to gain confidence of the masses through a rally in the city,” he vowed.