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    Friday, 24 August 2018

    Pakistan is no longer ‘darling’ of West, Qureshi briefs Imran Khan on Foreign Policy

    The Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Foreign Office today, where he was briefed by the officials on the duties and performance of Pakistani diplomats stationed abroad.
    The foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua and other officials received PM Imran Khan as he visited the FO.
    The premier was briefed by the FO officials on the situation in occupied Kashmir as well as Pakistan’s relations with India.
    The prime minister was also taken in confidence regarding the foreign policy of the country and relations with several countries including  Afghanistan, China, Iran, India and the United States.
    PM Imran explained the FO officials his vision for Pakistan having relations with all the countries at the level of equality and issued guidelines.
    He also stressed on embassies playing an active role in order to highlight Pakistan’s stance on the international level.
    PM Khan is scheduled to lead a second meeting of the federal cabinet today which will focus on the future strategies of the new government in different aspects of life.
    During the meeting, FO officials will brief PM Imran about the economic problems Pakistan is facing.
    It is expected that the federal cabinet will approve annulations of Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD) and will suggest putting institutions under it in Cabinet division.
    It is expected that the Foreign Minister Qureshi will talk to a press conference in the evening to brief the nation about decisions taken during PM Imran’s FO briefing.
     Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that world has changed in political dynamics and Pakistan was no longer 'darling' of the West.
    Briefing the media on Pakistan’s Foreign policy, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, “Peace and stability in the region is vital for us.”
    He said Pakistan will be represented effectively in the world, adding that all the state institutions of Pakistan are on the same page.
    “We do not want Pakistan's name on the Black List,” asserted Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
    Commenting on US State Department's readout on the phone call between PM Imran Khan and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Qureshi said it was 'contrary to fact'.
    He said Chinese foreign minister will visit Pakistan on the 8th or 9th of September.
    The Foreign Minister said Pakistan received a letter from Indian FO, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan has clearly indicated that if India takes one step forward we will reciprocate by two.
    Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Pakistan doesn’t want confrontation with any country and that there would be no compromise on national interests.
    The prime minister visited Foreign Office today where got his first briefing on challenges and opportunities available to the country as the new government fully takes charge.
    He directed the Pakistani missions abroad to improve their performance and play more constructive role.
    Sharing his vision, the PM said the PTI government wanted better ties with the neighbouring countries. Regarding India, Khan said resolution of chronic issues is a must for regional progress.
    The PM was briefed that ties with US are strained and that visit of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo next month expected to bring thaw between the two countries.
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