Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Sunday Pakistan could not afford the politics of isolation as it needed friends not foes in today’s world. He said the government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz wanted end to drone strikes and elimination of terrorism from the country.
However, it could not pursue a foreign policy which might seclude the country from the global village. Talking to newsmen at the 4th International Literary and Cultural Conference here at the Alhamra, the minister said the demands regarding closure of Nato supplies by PTI Chairman Imran Khan were unrealistic and did not serve the cause of Pakistan.
“The Nato containers transport food items for the Afghan brethren and not arms while Pakistanis have close ties with the people of Afghanistan,” he added.
He said any step by the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) to stop food supplies to the Afghans, could be detrimental to the regional ties.
Criticising Imran Khan’s politics of isolation, Pervaiz said that the PTI Chairman was bent upon spoiling Pakistan’s relations with the neighbours. He said that all the Central Asian countries, besides Afghanistan, had cordial relations with the Nato countries, and even Iran had improved its ties with the United States.
“Stalled diplomatic relations with Afghanistan could only benefit Pakistan’s foes,” the minister added. Commenting on Imran Khan’s statement of a thousand year war, he said the masses had to suffer the results of wars.
Pakistan wants to spread love not hatred, he added.
Pervaiz said that no Nato supplies were run on Saturdays and Sundays and it was beyond comprehension which Nato supplies Imran Khan’s PTI wanted to stop on November 23 and 24, the weekend days. It seems that the PTI leader has always preferred to hold protest rallies on weekends, he added. The Information Minister said Imran Khan spoke for Taliban while his sword was for the US.
Replying to a query, he said that no representative from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was allowed to address the protest rally in Peshawar which raised questions whom the PTI was representing and serving.
He said Imran Khan had a dubious stance on drone strikes.
In the first information report lodged against the drone attacks, he had not mentioned anyone’s name. Whether Imran did not know the perpetrator of the drone strikes, he asked.
“Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had established himself as a great leader when Imran Khan was frolicking on the cricket fields”, he recalled.
He said the PML-N government supported peace and rejected the politics of hatred, intolerance and isolation.