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Steps taken will improve country's economic condition: FM Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the steps taken by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government will improve the overall economic situation of the country.

“Foreign direct investment had fallen to dangerous levels, Rs 6,000 trillion debt was accumulated by the previous governments,” said Qureshi while addressing the media in Multan, adding that PTI can’t be held responsible for the actions undertaken by the previous governments.

“When PTI came into power, the forex reserves were adequate for two months only,” adding that the government is trying to rectify the situation.”



Qureshi stated that, be it Asad Umar or anyone else, nobody can improve the country’s economic situation overnight. “Steps are being taken, and finances will improve.”

The foreign minister reaffirmed that investment trend is coming, it will play a role for creating job opportunities.

The foreign minister stated that the country’s current financial challenge was inherited from past governments. “We have competent officers who will take government policies to a conclusion.”

“The finances have begun to gain stability with the PTI government’s efforts policies.”

We will put our performance before public after five years and accept the public’s decision at the end of our tenure, the foreign minister went on to add.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in my view is an autonomous entity, the foreign minister said. “We cannot influence it”.

NAB has to take its decisions. Eradication of corruption is an important part of the PTI agenda.”There should be accountability of the segment that has brought losses to Pakistan, Qureshi added.

Speaking on Friday’s blast that took place at Hazar Ganji market, Quetta, Qureshi said, that “we don’t want to engage in political point scoring.”

“Through investigation, we have to see that Hazara community targeted in Quetta, who are educated and laborious, we have to see if there is a sectarian or international force behind it.” We will not adopt India’s attitude, the foreign minister said.

Qureshi also said that elections have begun in India, adding that Pakistan needs to stay alert till May 19 in the wake of the Indian elections.

The foreign minister announced that Prime Minister Imran Khan is going to visit Iran. “We share a good relation with Iran, It is in the interest of Pak to maintain peaceful border with it.”

PM Imran will be the chief guest at the Belt and Road Forum and will be the chief guest address a keynote address. He will visit China on April 25 where he will have meetings with the Chinese leaders.
Qureshi also announced that he was going to Japan.

“It is our target to achieve foreign relation objectives, And we will have good sessions with them.”

“We don’t intend to intervene in Afghanistan’s matter, Qureshi said, adding that we are treating reconciliation as a priority. “Pakistan will be ready to engage whoever comes into power.”

Next session of Taliban is expected to take place in Doha.

“We desire regional peace and stability. We want improvement, prosperity, stability and peace in Afghanistan.”

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