Pakistan to support to Afghan peace & development: FM

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our correspondent

ISLAMABAD/ MULTAN/ SRINAGAR

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said government is well aware of the problems of the masses and using all resources to resolve them. Addressing a Hajj training ceremony arranged by private Hajj operators in Multan, he said the masses would observe good results soon as a result of public-friendly policies of the government.

The foreign minister said incumbent government has taken revolutionary steps to facilitate pilgrims. He said Pakistan has been included in Road to Makkah project by the Saudi government after special request by Prime Minister Imran Khan. He informed that the Prime Minister has issued special instructions to the Ministry of Religious Affairs to provide maximum relief to the intending pilgrims.

Qureshi said Imran Khan is first ruler who took up the issue of Pakistani prisoners with Saudi government which responded positively. Meanwhile, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony says eight thousand one hundred and nineteen intending pilgrims under government Hajj Scheme have reached Madina Munawara through thirty-four Hajj flights. They will stay in Madina Munawara for eight days and then leave for Makkah Mukarma. A spokesperson of Ministry said residences have been acquired in Markazia area, which is near to Haram Sharif.

Moreover, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi here on Monday reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue playing its mediatory role for peace and stability  in war-torn Afghanistan.

Talking to the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative on Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto, who called on him here on Monday, FM Qureshi said that Pakistan supported result-oriented dialogues with the Afghan leadership.

Matters of mutual interests, ongoing Afghan peace process and other issues were came under discussion in the meeting. The foreign minister said that Pakistan will continue its sincere efforts for restoration of peace in the neighboring country. On the occasion, Tadamichi Yamamoto hailed Pakistan’s role for peace in Afghanistan. Earlier on June 27, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said that peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan is in the better interest of Pakistan.

Pakistan is very clear in its objective with regard to peaceful Afghanistan, he had said while addressing a ceremony at Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad. The foreign minister had termed the visit of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Pakistan as a turning point.  FM Qureshi had said that Pakistan and Afghanistan have a common agenda of peace, adding that people of both countries also want better relations between the two neighbouring countries. Pakistan and Afghanistan have mutual challenges. Both countries have to stand by each other for the peace, FM Qureshi had said.

In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed today (Monday) to commemorate the third martyrdom anniversary of popular Kashmiri youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the shutdown is also aimed at paying tributes to Wani’s associates and other martyrs of 2016 mass uprising. Call for the strike has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership. Burhan Wani was martyred by Indian troops in a fake encounter in Kokernag area of Islamabad district on July 08, 2016.

Meanwhile, thousands of posters have surfaced in every nook and corner of the valley asking people to ‘March Towards Tral’, tomorrow. The posters carrying pictures of Burhan Wani have been published by ‘Warseen-e-Shuhada’.

These posters have been displayed at all important places including highways and streets in Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Kulgam and Islamabad districts. The Indian authorities arrested two youth on the charge of pasting posters in Batamaloo area of Srinagar.

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