ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed rejected any kind of differences among the PTI ranks. He expressed the belief that PTI candidate and Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh will win the Senate elections.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad today (Sunday), the Minister said no hurdle will be created in the way of Pakistan Democratic Movement s protest if there is no violation of law. He, however, appealed the PDM leadership to reschedule their protest after Pakistan Day parade taking place on 23rd of the next month.
Regarding government s efforts to promote tourism in Pakistan, the Interior Minister said online visa services have been started across Pakistan to welcome foreign tourists in the country. He said validity of passport has been increased to 10 years.
Replying to a question regarding modernizing Islamabad Police, he said Eagle Squad of the ICT police is being established in the federal capital to curb crimes in the city. He said the Eagle Squad will be provided with 100 motorcycles and modern cars to chase and apprehend anti-social elements.
He while talking about J&K said revival of Article 370 and 35-A of the Indian constitution to restore special status of Jammu and Kashmir is prerequisite for the dialogue between Pakistan and India.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has said Pakistan wants cordial relations with India, but no negotiations with New Delhi are possible by ignoring the Kashmir issue.
Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Sunday said Pakistan would come out of grey list of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as it complied with almost all points in the global watchdog’s action plan.
Addressing a press conference here, the minister said Pakistan has complied with 24 out of 27 points of FATF and it would come out of it’s grey list. The remaining three points would also be cleared soon and the country would succeed in exiting the FATF’s grey list during its next meeting, the minister opined.
Regarding the Senate elections on Islamabad seat, the minister said Dr. Hafeez Sheikh would succeed on it as he worked hard in the economic team of Imran Khan to stabilize the economy.
Sheikh Rashid said Hafeez Sheikh studied from the best universities of the world, including Oxford and Cambridge, and earned a doctorate degree in economics. The current account deficit of 20 billion dollar was converted into surplus and exchange rate also improved due to the efforts of Hafeez Sheikh, he said adding that his forefathers also remained active in politics in their times.
After winning the Senate elections, he (Hafeez Sheikh) would be in better position to contribute productively in the prosperity of the country.
He said Yusuf Raza Gilani tried to protect corruption of Asif Ali Zardari and was disqualified. Gilani, he said, gave the necklace donated by Turkey’s first lady in 2010 for flood victims to his wife which was later returned after the issue was highlighted.
Sheikh Rashid termed the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Sri Lanka as `historic’ and said that Imran Khan offered role for improving the ties between China and United States.
He said the civil military relations were exemplary and precedent had been set for better understanding between both of them in future to put the country on right track of development.
He said Pakistan under the leadership of Imran Khan was enjoying good relations with United States, China, Russian, Saudi Arabia and other Arab world. Peace in Afghanistan was very much crucial and Pakistan always wished stability there, he added.
The Minister for Interior said Pakistan got a significant position among the comity of nations as naval exercise of around 40 countries have been conducted here.
He said successful discussion with India would only be possible when India restore Jammu and Kashmir’s status and include it on the agenda of talks. Setting aside the Kashmir issue would be disloyalty, he added.
Regarding the political development in the country during last couple of days, he said, release of Hamza Shehbaz did not matter and MQM would also stand with Imran Khan because it was the party of qualified persons.
“I consider Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf and Hafeez Sheikh would win under the leadership of Imran Khan,” the minister added.
He said there would be no hurdle for Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) for its planned march in case no law and order situation had been created.
The minister said Armed Forces and People of Pakistan had rendered great sacrifices for the country and no one would be allowed to undermine it.