LONDON: The chairmen of committees of defence and foreign affairs of the British House of Commons Monday here met with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and discussed the prevailing situation in Afghanistan.
During meeting with the chairman of Select Committee of Foreign Affairs Tom Tugendhat and chairman of Defence Committee Tobias Ellwood, Qureshi said Pakistan and Britain had harmony of thought on Afghanistan and both countries wanted peace in the country.
He said the international community should not leave Afghanistan alone and take steps to lift Afghans out of the humanitarian crisis. He was of the view that instability in Afghanistan would create different issues including the influx of refugees. “We have to be realistic on Afghanistan.”
The foreign minister informed the chairmen about the ongoing atrocities of Indian occupation forces, siege of the Kashmiris and worsening human rights situation.
He told that Pakistan had issued a 131 page dossier on the ongoing oppression in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, adding in the dossier there was irrefutable evidence of war crimes of Indian officers. “We have put before the world solid evidence so it can judge for itself.”
Discussing the relations of Pakistan and Britain, the minister said the two countries were friends and close partners. Time had come to take forward the present strategic partnership to the next level, he asserted.
He said the government intended to celebrate the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Britain in a befitting manner. He underlined the need for utilizing the services of 1.6 million Pakistanis living in Britain for expanding relations between Pakistan and Britain.
According to PHC sources, Shah Mahmood Qureshi will also hold meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss (Liz Truss) MP before leaving for Islamabad on Tuesday.
Elizabeth Truss was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs on 15 September 2021. She was appointed Minister for Women and Equalities on 10 September 2019. She was elected as the Conservative MP for south west Norfolk in 2010.
Qureshi meets PTI delegation
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Monday held a meeting with a delegation of Pakistan Tehreek I Insaf (PTI) led by its Secretary General Aslam Bhutta and discussed the organizational matters of the party and issues of mutual interest.
The party delegates appreciated the efforts of the foreign minister for exclusion of Pakistan from the red list of Britain. The members of the party congratulated the minister on his successful visit to the United States.
Qureshi said Pakistan was determined to further enhance bilateral relations between Pakistan and Britain in diverse fields. “Today I met with members of the Defence and Foreign Affairs committees of the British Parliament.”
He said he informed the members about the situation in Afghanistan and the oppression of the Indian forces against the people of J&K.
Expatriate Pakistanis were a precious asset of the party, he said adding 1.6 million Pakistanis living in Britain played an important role for a stable relationship between the two countries.
The minister said the government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan was making all possible efforts for providing facilities to the expatriate Pakistani community. The PTI members briefed the minister about the party matters.
Meeting with British Pakistan Foundation delegation
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday lauded the British Pakistan Foundation for its services for the welfare and betterment of youth as well as its cultural activities.
Talking to a delegation of British Pakistan Foundation which led by its Chairman Asif Rangoonwala called on him here. During the meeting views were exchanged about the services of British Pakistan Foundation, welfare activities of the foundation and other matters of mutual interests.
Asif Rangoonwala briefed the Foreign Minister in detail about the performance of the British Pakistani Foundation.