Pakistan wants trade, not aid: Shah Mehmood Qureshi

FO highlights Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir 

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WASHINGTON: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said Pakistan desires peace and stability in the region. He was addressing the gathering of Pakistani diaspora in the Washington D.C. Qureshi said we are not here for Aid but here to discuss trade opportunities with the US.

Acknowledging overseas Pakistani’s contribution to the economy of the country, he said remittances in the last fiscal year have increased nine to ten percent. He said donations of overseas Pakistanis enabled Imran Khan to build a state of the art cancer hospital and a university.

 Commenting on the action to root out terrorism in Pakistan, the FM said Islamabad has successfully curbed the menace of terrorism and peaceful elections in erstwhile FATA, terrorism affected area, are the beginning of development and prosperity.

 The Minister said Pakistan will continue to support the Afghan peace process for regional stability. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Prime Minister Imran Khan will share with Us President Donald Trump, the roadmap of Naya Pakistan. The minister said Pakistan welcomes the world to take benefit of China Pakistan Economic Corridor and it is open for investment and business.

 Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has strongly denounced the Dera Ismail Khan (DIK) shooting and blast that claimed lives of nine including four policemen. Terming the act as an attempt to disturb law and order in the area, Qureshi said commiserated with the bereaved families and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul. He prayed for early recovery of the injured.

 Those who sacrificed their lives while performing duties, are pride of the nation, he said. He reiterated government’s resolve of rooting out the terrorism from the country.

Earlier, at least two policemen were martyred when armed terrorists opened fire at a check post in Dera Ismail Khan district. According to reports, the incident took place at Kotla Syedan police post in DIK district.

 A bomb device exploded at the gate of District Headquarters Hospital DIK when the dead bodies of the deceased policemen were being transferred to the medical facility. Overall nine people including four policemen were killed in twin terror strike. At least 15 people were injured in the blast at hospital gate. The injured were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) for medical attendance. Security personnel cordoned off the area after the incident and launched a search operation, local officials said.

 Meanwhile, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal has called for fully respecting the right to self-determination of the people of Occupied Kashmir. Speaking at a seminar entitled Hindutva Ideology: Threat to Peace and its Impact on Resolution of Kashmir Dispute here on Monday, he highlighted the growing atrocities and human rights violations in the held valley.

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