Oct 242018
Saudi Arabia has placed no conditions in exchange for bailout money, assures Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday assured that Saudi Arabia had placed no conditions in exchange for the bailout money it pledged to Pakistan during the premier’s visit to the Kingdom to attend an investment conference, DawnNewsTV reported. He made these remarks on Wednesday during an informal conversation with media persons in Islamabad. “We have received a total package of $6.2 billion,” the minister said. FM Qureshi said there has been no change in Pakistan’s role in the Islamic military alliance and asserted that “a clear message has been conveyed to the United States that dialogue is the only way forward when it comes to the Afghanistan issue”. “Unless and until the Taliban are integrated into the system, it is not possible to move forward [to address the Afghanistan issue],” he said. “The US itself is currently trying for initiating talks with the Taliban. It is wrong to say that Pakistan must do everything. The Taliban are not in our pockets,” FM Qureshi commented. Also read: Shah Mehmood Qureshi: Always next in line Speaking about the war-torn region of Yemen, the foreign minister said that Pakistan’s stance will remain the same, in that, the state does not believe in a military solution to the problem. “We will not send our forces there,” he affirmed. Referring to the Pak-Iran gas pipeline project, he said that there were difficulties in completing the project due to the fact it was marred by multilateral sanctions imposed by the United Nations and unilateral sanctions [Read More…]

Feb 192017

MITHI, THARPARKAR: As a new wave of terror gripped the country this week, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader has come out in support of military courts, saying they are the need of the hour. “Military courts should be given more time,” the PTI leader said during his visit to different towns and villages of Tharparkar on Sunday. پی ٹٰی آئی وائس چیئرمین مخدوم شاہ محمود قریشی دورہ سندھ کے دوسرے روز تھر پارکر کے گاوں قبولیو جو پار پہنچےپر شاندار استقبال کیا گیا۔ pic.twitter.com/v2dAd87PFp — PTI Central Sindh (@PTISindhCentral) February 19, 2017 The courts were established through the 21st constitutional amendment after the attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School in December 2014 that left 150 people, mostly children, dead. Dar wins Fazl’s backing for military courts The statement came at a time when the government is trying to develop consensus among different political parties over proposed extension to military courts’ tenure. The PTI leader criticised the government, saying it had two years to improve its performance, but to no avail. He urged the rulers to implement the National Action Plan. “Had the government done its job, there would be no need to establish military courts,” he said, adding the government also failed to carry out reforms and activate the anti-terrorists courts. Unity for Sindhis Qureshi said unless united, the people of Sindh, especially those living in Thar, could not defeat their exploiters. “The future of the people of Sindh is with the PTI, he said. Meanwhile, he also denied rumours of re-joining [Read More…]

Dec 132016
Imran ends parliament boycott, will attend session on Wednesday

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday announced his decision to attend the session of parliament on Wednesday, ending his boycott of attending parliament sessions. The PTI chairman, while talking to media persons in the federal capital, alleged that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has lied to the parliament and the people in the wake of Panama Papers leaks. He also said the purpose of ending the boycott is to table two motions in the parliament against the parliament. Referring to the premier, he said Nawaz has made different statements in the Supreme Court and the Parliament. Imran was flanked by PTI leaders including Shah Mehmood Qureshi. "I ask PML-N leaders, will they take a stand tomorrow alongside the opposition as the prime minister has lied in front of them?" Imran said Wednesday's session of parliament will be a test for everyone, including those in the incumbent government and the opposition. "The Supreme Court has said the institutions of the country have failed. It is a test of the parliament too, which has failed till now," said the PTI chief. Imran Khan also alleged that certain institutions, such as NAB and the FIA, have been tampered with and are no longer capable of holding the premier accountable. Referring to the end of his parliament boycott, he said the opposition is responsible for asking questions and raising issues against the incumbents for the betterment of the people. "If we can not perform our role and responsibilities, what use was there for [Read More…]

Nov 142016

ISLAMABAD: PTI decided on Monday to review its decision to boycott a joint session of parliament which is to be addressed by the Turkish president in a meeting of its parliamentary party scheduled to be held on Tuesday (today). Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on a two-day official visit this week. A special joint sitting of parliament has been convened on November 17. PTI’s vice-chairman (VP) Shah Mehmood Qureshi told The Express Tribune that during a recent meeting, Turkish Ambassador Sadik Babür Girgin advised the PTI to review its boycott decision. A PTI delegation, led by Shah Mehmood Qureshi, met the Turkish envoy Girgin in this regard. Qureshi stated that the PTI would review its decision on the advice of the Turkish envoy. He said that the party wanted its principled stance to be understood in its proper context. “It was a cordial meeting … We assured Turkish diplomat that PTI’s boycott was not connected with the Turkish president’s arrival.” Published in The Express Tribune, November 15th, 2016.   The post Parliament session: PTI to reassess its boycott call today  appeared first on The Express Tribune.