Sartaj India visit ill-timed: JI

Lahore—Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq, has said that Advisor for Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz’s visit to India was ill timed and ill-advised in the prevailing tense situation and had brought disgrace instead of good name to the country.
Addressing the central leaders of the party at Mansoora on Monday, he said that New Delhi’s attitude towards this country was of hatred and deceit. India was not willing to include the Kashmir issue in the talks agenda yet the Pakistani rulers were dying for friendship with India.
Unprovoked shelling from India had been continuing for weeks, killing dozens of our citizens. Moreover, he said, Afghanistan was a neighbor and an old friend of Pakistan but India was arousing that country against Pakistan in a bid to achieve her nefarious agenda.
Sirajul Haq said that unfortunately, the goal of the country’s foreign policy still remained undecided. There had never been an open debate in the parliament on relations with India and the overall foreign policy.
“Our Foreign Policy is based on sudden happenings and tragedies and the government has never thought of a durable and strong foreign policy”, he said, adding: “Had the foreign policy been any priority of the rulers, a full time Foreign Minister would have been appointed since long.”
Meanwhile, JI deputy chief, Hafiz Muhammad Idrees, has said that India’s refusal to give due protocol to Foreign Advisor Sartaj Aziz reflected New Delhi’s low mentality as also the failure of Islamabad’s failed diplomacy.
He however appreciated that Pakistan’s High Commissioner in New Delhi Abdul Basit had displayed courage and resolve and forced India officials to withdraw during his interaction with the Pakistani media. He only wished that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had also shown courage in the same fashion as would have taught a lesson to Indian Premier Modi.
Hafiz Muhammad Idrees said that at a time when slogans against Modi were being raised all over India, yielding to the Hindu Bunya was simply tantamount to disgracing ourselves besides hurting the souls of our forefathers.—INP

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