‘Pushtun’s cooperation helped Army in eliminating terrorism’

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STAFF REPORT

Islamabad

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has expressed the confidence that the expatriate Pakistanis in Britain will continue to play their role for protection of Pakistan’s interests.

He was addressing a ceremony of United Pashtun Society in London on Thursday.

Pashtuns are highly respectful and they are filled with patriotism, Qureshi said, adding that, “Since 1947 up till today, they have always supported Pakistan.”

With the cooperation of Pashtuns, Pakistan Army eliminated terrorism which is acknowledged by the world today, the minister highlighted.

The foreign minister said overseas Pakistanis are greatly contributing to the national economy by sending their remittances. He said the government will take every possible step for the welfare and facilitation of overseas Pakistanis.

Qureshi said the government is taking concrete steps to build a better and prosperous Pakistan.

Foreign Minister Qureshi is in the United Kingdom (UK) on a two-day official visit to represent Pakistan in commonwealth meeting.

Addressing the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers’ meeting in London on Wednesday, he pointed out that Pakistan is focusing its attention to regional peace and stability.

Meanwhile, expressing his firm believe in freedom of press, Foreign Minister said that media in Pakistan was independent and powerful.

Addressing a ceremony in connection with ‘Independent Media’ in London, FM Qbvnureshi said censorship on media was ‘out of the question’ and added that there were 89 TV channels in the country. He said that there were institutions to protect the rights of journalists.

The foreign minister further said that social media was also very active in the country and added that you could not hide anything in the current era. Opposition freely expressing its views inside and outside the parliament in the country, he said and added, “We have the courage to listen the criticism.”