FM says relations with Lankans will not deteriorate over Sialkot incident
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Saturday said that our diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka have not deteriorated over the Sialkot incident and Sri Lanka appreciated Pakistan's stance and timely action.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, the FM addressed a press conference at the Governor House in Lahore and said the incident in Sialkot was very unfortunate and the government had contacted the affected family.
He said that the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka has been contacted and our diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka have not deteriorated.
He said that everyone was saddened over the Sialkot incident, adding that the culprits of the incident would be brought to justice and the Prime Minister is supervising the investigation.
It is pertinent to mention that a mob in Sialkot had brutally tortured a Sri Lankan factory manager to death and set his body on fire, accusing him of blasphemy.
"Pakistan is going to host a special meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on December 19, which will focus on Afghanistan," he said.
"If untimely attention is paid to Afghanistan, it could lead to a humanitarian catastrophe. If Afghanistan's assets remain frozen, it could lead to an economic crisis and in such a situation, the situation could become alarming," he said.
According to international estimates, 22.8 million Afghans could be malnourished and 3.2 million children could be malnourished, he said.
The Foreign Minister said that the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers was being held after 41 years.
"We have decided to give 50,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan and have also hinted at facilitating India to give wheat to Afghanistan. Pakistan has no hesitation in giving way to its affiliates," he said.
"The issue of recognizing Afghanistan has not yet come. The world is watching our behaviour, words and deeds," he said.
"Last night I talked to a key Chinese figure and discussed that some people want to harm C-Pack but they will not succeed," Foreign Minister said.
He said that "some forces want to divert Pakistan's hand through FATF. If Pakistan's name is not removed from FATF now, then its impartiality will be called into question."