ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information,Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Wednesday that Pakistan would stand by Saudi Arabia in any hour of trial.
Talking to media persons after attending an inter-faith peace conference here, the minister said that Pakistan’s stance was very clear as it has said from the day one that Saudi Arabia was a brotherly country which has always supported us in difficult times, and Pakistan would not lag behind if there was any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity as the hearts of Pakistanis and Saudis beat in unison.
The minister said that Pakistan fully supports the United Nations Security Council’s resolution on Yemen and Islamabad respects the decision of the international community.
To a question,the minister said that the entire nation was united on issues of national importance and Parliament has demonstrated that united stance as it is the institution that represents the will of the people of Pakistan.
He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif himself has issued a policy statement on Yemen the other day in which he strongly condemned actions by the non-state actors in Yemen to overthrow the legitimate government and called for restoration of the legitimate government.
To a question about Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s visit to Saudi Arabia, he said that Pakistan has very close relations with Riyadh and exchanges high level visits are a matter of routine, and such visits were by themselves reflective of warm and close ties between the two brotherly states.
Replying to another question, he said the nation was waiting for what proofs Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf presents to the Judicial Commission about allegations of Najam Sethi’s so-called 35 punctures, Iftikhar Chaudhry’s involvement in rigging and role of a private media house in changing results of the general election 2013. He said so far the PTI has not presented any thing new.
About the Karachi bye-election, he said that the PML-N did not field its candidate in NA-246 as it could have given a political colour to the ongoing operation in Karachi.
He said that the PML-N does not believe in doing politics of securing National Assembly constituencies in Karachi, rather it was doing politics of service and doing its best to make Karachi a peaceful city. The PML-N would go the electorate in 2018 elections with the track record of restoring peace in the city and the people would take the decision on its performance.
To a question, he said that Pakistanis living in different countries were safe and serving the countries of their stay.
The minister said Pakistan rescued not only its own citizens from war-torn Yemen but also the citizens of 62 other countries as well. He said it was matter of pride that citizens from China, United Kingdom and even India thanked Pakistan for their safe rescue from Yemen.
He said that role of Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Embassy and Pakistan government in evacuation of Pakistanis and nationals of other countries from troubled areas of Yemen was praise worthy.
About Chinese President’s upcoming visit to Pakistan he said that Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal would give a briefing tomorrow and added that the visit would open new era of progress and prosperity in Pakistan.
Earlier while delivering his speech in the inter-faith peace conference, he said that in Pakistan there was neither any majority, nor any minority as all citizens were equal citizens of the state of Pakistan. He said that survival of humanity and future of Pakistan was linked to peaceful coexistence of all faiths in the country.
He said that Pakistan was a moderate Islamic state but some short-sighted people had tried to portray to the world its negative image through their acts.
The minister said that it was will of Allah Almighty that some people take birth in Muslims homes and some in the homes of followers of other faiths. He said that people of all faiths are dependent on each other in various fields of life and take advantage of technological, medical and scientific inventions of each other.