In a bizarre statement, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has come out and defended Imran Khan's Religious Affairs Minister Nur Ul Haq Qadri for sharing the stage with LeT chief and global terrorist Hafiz Saeed. While defending the Religious Affair Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said:
'I will go home and ask him (laughs). But I was told the meeting was in Kashmir. There were many others who were present. I don't think there is anything wrong with it. It was nothing to do with Lashkar".
Earlier, Pakistan’s religious affairs minister Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, a member of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, shared the stage with Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed at an event in Islamabad that focused on the Kashmir issue. Qadri’s presence at the event came just a day after Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said at the UN General Assembly that the country “will continue to strengthen our counter-terrorism frameworks and regimes”. Qadri was seen in photos and video footage seated close to Saeed.
While addressing the UN General Assembly Shah Mahmood Qureshi that 'under America's watch terror has been on the rise'.
"Blame game will not be productive. Not giving us equipment against terrorism will not help. Look at statements of last one year. Have they helped? We have to adopt a different approach. There is a trust deficit. It was be bridged. There needs to be a strategy for a shared objective. We have to trust each other".
Further, he spoke about the Indo-Pak relationship:
"People in Pakistan think that we have made considerable progress, and this has not happened overnight. Despite provocations on Eastern side with India, we have put two hundred thousand troops on the western side".
"Pakistan is a reality so is India. We have issues but how do we resolve it? PM Imran Khan had said that if India takes one step towards peace Pakistan will take two. The so called surgical strike is a political move with the elections around the corner in India. We wanted dialogue but they didn't we wanted to meet on the sidelines of UNGA but they didn't. They have to realize that they have an unrealistic approach if they believe that everything that is wrong on their side of Kashmir is Pakistan's doing", he added.