Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate between Pakistan and India on the Kashmir issue exceeded Islamabad’s expectations.
The foreign minister told a private news channel that the proposition for the US to act as a mediator came from India, but the Modi government has backtracked from their stance owing to political opposition.
He said PM Imran used the meeting with President Trump to reaffirm Pakistan’s commitment to peace in the region, particularly with India.
“Imran Khan has made the US realise that Kashmir is a flashpoint which demands an early resolution,” Qureshi said.
Trump’s offer to help mend strained ties between the two nuclear-armed neighbours was largely seen as a diplomatic victory for Islamabad.
Commenting on New Delhi’s retraction, FM Qureshi said such an adamant attitude would cost India heavily, adding that the situation in the Indian-occcupied territory was deteriorating by the day.
On Afghanistan, the foreign minister said the US wants dialogue to resolve the conflict and PM Imran has committed to play his role in convincing the Taliban leadership.
“The prime minister categorically stated that the notion of strategic depth is outdated and Pakistan is ready to extend all-out assistance for Afghan peace,” said Qureshi.
He said Pakistan wants the ballot to replace the bullet in Afghanistan and wants Taliban leaders to join the political process by taking part in elections.