ISLAMABAD - "Dictatorship put Pakistan in the cage of war against terrorism. Keeping in view compulsion of time, we would have to focus on core issues including stability of economy and dialogue on conflicted issues instead of deteriorating our ties with world powers. We will have to devise a balanced and friendly foreign policy towards neighbours."

This was the crux of the lecture delivered by Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions Lt Gen (Retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch at International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) on the topic "Global Environment: Options, Challenges for Pakistan" which was attended by President IIUI Dr Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, Director General (AF&P) Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja, Dean Faculty of Social Science Dr Nabi Bux Jummani, Deans of various faculties, Faculty members of Social Science and students of politics and international relations department.

Abdul Qadir Baloch's lecture was a significant glimpse of Pakistan foreign policy which also discussed problems being face by Ummah. He stressed on formulation of a 'Muslim Economic Bloc' to address the challenges of Muslim countries and utilise the resources to gain valuable position in the world.

He clarified that the present government was striving for a peaceful Pakistan and friendly relations with Afghanistan and India; he also added that Pakistan was against interference in its internal matters while elaborating that Pakistan would never interfere in Afghanistan or any other country's matters. While discussing Pakistan's foreign policy on Kashmir issue, Minister for states and Frontier Regions said, "Use of force is not a solution of Kashmir issue, both countries should work for economic prosperity of the region and should address the conflict on the table of dialogue".

He said the PML-N government is facing problems created by the prior rulers and dictators; it has a resolve to strengthen youth as it is a base for prosperous Pakistan. Issues of power shortage, Railways betterment and many other problems are being dealt on priority basis. He urged the students to refrain from ethnic and extremist attitudes while urging them to put all their focus on making Pakistan a vibrant, prosperous state.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Al-Draiweesh said Pakistan is the heart of Ummah, any happening in the country affects the Muslim world. He also urged the students to refrain from extremism and violence and keenly focus on utilizing their knowledge for the development of country.

Dr Nabi Bux Jummani, in his vote of thanks lauded the support of President IIUI for arranging the lecture; he also paid thanks to minister for sparing time. He vowed that faculty would remain committed to promote peace and arrange such activities in future. At the end Prof Dr Ahmad Yousif Al-Draiweesh presented university crest to Abdul Qadir Baloch.