PM Imran’s statement in Iran comes under intense criticism in NA

PM Imran's statement in Iran comes under intense criticism in NA

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan’s public acknowledgement in Tehran that terrorists had in the past misused Pakistani territory to undertake attacks against Iran, and other statements concerning foreign countries, came under a blistering attack by the opposition in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari defended the prime minister, saying his statement was being quoted out of context.
In an unprecedented, albeit bold, move, Imran while speaking at a joint press conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani after their bilateral talks on Monday had said: “I know Iran has suffered from terrorism [perpetrated] by groups operating from Pakistan. …we [need to] have trust in each other that both countries will not allow any terrorist activity from their soil. We hope this will build confidence between us.”
The rumpus started when PML-N MNA Khurram Dastagir Khan drew the attention of the house towards the reported statement of the prime minister regarding the use of Pakistan’s soil against Iran.
“No prime minister has ever made such a confession on foreign soil,” Dastagirsaid, adding that only a day earlier, “the foreign minister had stated that terrorists had entered from Iran to carry out activities in Balochistan.”
He said the International Monetary Fund has already linked the bailout package for Islamabad with the findings of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
“Pakistan is exposed internationally by such statements,” the PML-N lawmaker said.
He recalled that Imran had previously suggested that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s re-election could help reach a settlement over occupied Kashmir, and alleged that the premier in a public meeting had said that “he could shake hands with Modi but not the opposition”. He also accused the prime minister of having said previously that the Pakistani military had created militants.
“The prime minister has committed diplomatic blunders,” the PML-N leader alleged. “Through his statements, the premier has hit national security.”
He said the opposition was not terming Imran “a traitor”, but that he needs to come to the house to give an explanation.
PPP MNA Hina Rabbani Khar, who has previously served as the country’s foreign minister, was unforgiving in her criticism of Prime Minister Imran’s statements.
“We are worried for the country after seeing it being continually ridiculed, and not for ourselves,” she said. “This is not funny anymore. You cannot play with the destiny of the country anymore.”
Addressing the house, Human Rights Minister Mazari said the opposition had quoted only the first part of the premier’s statement.
She said that after saying that Pakistan’s soil had been used for terrorist activities in Iran in the past, he had said that terrorists had recently come from Iran to carry out attacks in Balochistan


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