Foreign policy recalibrated to strengthen regional ties — Dastgir

Pakistani Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan. (AFP)
Updated 16 May 2018
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Foreign policy recalibrated to strengthen regional ties — Dastgir

  • Pakistan is consistently engaged with Afghanistan to remove misunderstanding and improve the bilateral relations, says Dastgir
  • About Kashmir dispute, the Foreign Minister said that Pakistan has strongly advocated the long-standing dispute at all international fora

Foreign Minister Khurram Dastgir said that Pakistan has recalibrated its foreign policy framework to further strengthen its relations with countries of the region.

Winding up debate on the cut motions of his ministry in National Assembly on Wednesday, he said that our biggest achievement is that economic relation with our time tested friend China has deepened as a result of China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor project.

He said our relations with the Central Asian States have further improved and projects like CASA-1000 and TAPI will connect Pakistan with these countries. 

Dastgir said Pakistan is consistently engaged with Afghanistan to remove misunderstanding and improve the bilateral relations.

He said that both the countries have launched an action plan for peace and solidarity.

About Kashmir dispute, the Foreign Minister said that Pakistan has strongly advocated the long-standing dispute at all international fora.

He said permanent membership of SCO is also a big achievement of Pakistan.

He added that our relations with Russia have also improved. We have signed the first defense pact and also held joint military exercises.


Pakistan shuts down Chaman and Torkham gates

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Pakistan shuts down Chaman and Torkham gates

  • Initiates move for two days on Afghanistan’s request
  • Follows killings of top Kandahar officials on Thursday

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s government on Friday said it had closed the gates along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border for two days according to a circular issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad.
The decision – to shut down the crossings along the Chaman and Torkham border today and tomorrow – was taken at Kabul’s request to help it conduct its parliamentary elections seamlessly. “Both the crossing points will remain closed for all kinds of traffic, except emergency cases,” it added.
However, on Friday, the Afghan government said that it had decided to postpone the polls to maintain security in the Kandahar province, following the killings of two top officials in Kandahar city on Thursday in an attack initiated by a Taliban militant. The officials included Kandahar’s governor, its police and intelligence chief who had congregated to attend a security meeting with American officials and discuss security measures for the upcoming elections.
Afghanistan remains prone to extremist violence, though its security forces have been fighting against militant factions with international assistance for years. It has frequently blamed Pakistan for its security deficit, though Islamabad has also accused Kabul of providing a sanctuary to groups and individuals who have been targeting Pakistani state and society with impunity.