Pakistan, Russia moving ahead with identical approach: FM

ISLAMABAD – Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday said that Pakistan and Russia are moving ahead with identical approach. 

In a statement, the Foreign Minister said that both countries have held mutual consultations on the Afghanistan issue. “Pakistan-Russia relations have been on the positive trajectory,” he added. 

Qureshi said Pakistan has been part of Moscow Format and Russian representative attended the Troika Plus meeting in Islamabad. 

A day earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan held a telephonic call with Russian President Vladimir Putin and praised the Russian leader for his ‘emphatic’ statement against the blasphemy. 

Last month, the Russian President had said that speaking against the Holy Prophet (PBUH) does not count as an expression of artistic freedom but is a “violation of religious freedom.” 

PM Imran Khan and the top leadership of the country had also welcomed the Russian President’s statement.  In a tweet, Imran Khan said that he spoke to Russian President Putin to appreciate his “emphatic statement” that freedom of speech could not be a pretext to abuse the Holy Prophet (PBUH). 

Meanwhile, in a series of tweets, the Prime Minister Office said that the two leaders “fondly recalled their conversations” during last year and exchanged views on bilateral cooperation as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest. 

The PM also underscored the importance of release of Afghanistan’s financial assets for addressing the dire needs of the Afghan people. 

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