India sponsors terrorism in Pakistan, spoils Afghan peace process: FM

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday said that India was supporting terrorist activities in Pakistan and thus posed a serious threat to the region’s peace.

In a statement, the FM called upon the international community to take notice of India’s constant attempts to undermine peace in the region.

FM Qureshi said that India was playing the role of a spoiler in the Afghan peace process as it did not want peace and stability to prevail.

He said that Pakistan was determined to fight India’s nefarious designs by highlighting them through diplomatic means, and expressed a firm commitment to protect the country’s interests at all costs.

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He also said that Pakistan would continue to expose India’s ill intentions, adding that the government had made contacts with friendly countries at the platform of United Nations and its Security Council.

Foreign Minister Qureshi said that the government would engage with the new administration of the United States as President Joe Biden takes up his official responsibilities on January 20.

He added that Biden had been chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee as a senator and was familiar with the region besides having visited Pakistan.

He expressed his intent to soon write to the new US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in view of furthering Pak-US relations.

Regarding the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), he termed it a “negative alliance of people with different ideologies” aimed at putting pressure on the institutions to get their corruption cases withdrawn.

He said that PDM President Maulana Fazlur Rehman had made two major announcements, one to resign from the assemblies and the other about long march, which both had ended up into failure.

He said that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had backed away from the call of resignations followed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which clearly showed that they had no unity in their ranks.

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