Call for putting house in order

Lahore – The speakers at Hameed Nizami Press Institute of Pakistan (HNPIP) Wednesday laid stressed on devising a comprehensive foreign policy to cope with challenge being faced by country.

“The policymakers should first put the house in order, then they would be able to devise a comprehensive foreign policy,” the speakers stressed at the moot titled ‘Pak-Afghan Relations—Status and Possibilities of Improvement’.

Former foreign minister Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri chaired while JI Deputy Secretary General Farid Ahmad Piracha and ex-minister and writer Qayyum Nizami and former foreign secretary Shamshad Ahmad were the guests. HNPIP Director Absar Abdul Ali was the moderator.

Kasuri came down hard on US President Donald Trump for his policy on South Asia, saying: “Trump doesn’t mention terrorists attacking Pakistan whenever he takes about foreign issues. Pakistan nuclear weapons are in safe hands and the US knew it too. The US effort to stop China from investing in CPEC will fail. The US stay in Afghanistan is a threat to Pakistan. He called for strict monitoring of borders and claimed that the country lacked national action plan to fight off terrorism.

“Seminary reforms were not being done. The army chief’s visit to the Senate was a good omen but meetings of the committee on national security could not be convened regularly,” he said, laying stress on building trust among the people builing dded.

“Trust deficit with Afghanistan can be addressed by promoting ties with Afghan people.

Qayyum Nizami said that politicians should also own up responsibility. He called for following  in the footsteps of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to make Pakistan prosperous.  Shamshad Ahmad highlited importance of good governance and called for joint effort to foild Indian conspiracies against Pakistan. “Americans don’t want to win Afghanistan war. They want instability in the region. Obama wanted to settle Pak India issues but after Bombay attacks everything was shattered. Who was beneficiary of these attacks,” he asked. He stressed Pakistan should focus on Pakistan China relationship. “CPEC is under threat too. Without institutions stability, we will face failures,” he held.

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