FM Qureshi says govt ready for talks with opposition

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday again asked the opposition parties’ alliance to come for dialogue with the government on the forum of the Parliament keeping aside their agenda of escape from the accountability process.

Talking to media at Parliament House in Islamabad, Qureshi said that there would be nothing constructive happened in the latest meeting of PDM at Jati Umra adding that PPP was being represented by Raja Parvez Ashraf and Yusaf Raza Gilani who were not in favour of resignations from assemblies in the past.

He further said that both were respectful senior politicians but they have no authority to take any decision. He said that real decision power in the PPP was with Asif Ali Zardari. Qureshi said meetings of Muhammad Ali Durrani with opposition leaders has nothing to do with the PTI.

Qureshi said the PDM leadership was holding a meeting at Jati Umra in Lahore, but differences among the constituent parties of the alliance have already come forth. He said the PPP Central Executive Committee has decided that the party will take part in the upcoming by-elections and the Senate elections. He said the PPP CEC also decided that it will not tender resignations from assemblies. He further said the PPP has also not decided any date for long march.

He said the PDM had earlier decided that their parliamentarians would submit their resignations to PDM President Maulana Fazlur Rehman by December 31, but PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari opposed it, arguing the resignations should rather be submitted to the heads of the parties.

Qureshi said this was enough proof of lack of confidence within the alliance. He said now again they had given new deadline of January 31 which would also come and go like previous one.

He said PPP’s majority leadership was against resignations from the Assemblies and they were not ready to quit from Sindh government. He categorically said Prime Minister Imran Khan would not resign at all as he was enjoying mandate of the people.  He said Opposition alliance was unnatural and they should stop to make fun with nation and should show seriousness. He said that PDM parties had serious differences and did were not agree with each other’s viewpoint.

Qureshi said NRO is a way of escape from the accountability process. He said that opposition was exposed during the FATF legislation meeting, adding that they demanded 34 amendments. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was not ready at all for NRO as the PTI government was in favour of accountability process.

He said that voices were raised from within JUI-F against the narrative of its chief, adding that his senior friends in the party showed reservations on it.

He said that a rally was being planned in Karachi “Na-Manzoor Israel’, but who recognized Israel. Condemning the incident of burning of a Hindu saint shrine by a mob in Karak, the foreign minister said that the Chief Justice has taken its notice, adding that it is an irresponsible act and an attempt to damage Pakistan’s image at international level.

Replying a question, he said that Pakistan’s position on the Kashmir and Palestine issues was very clear, and the stance of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on these issues was a guiding principle for us.