45 people appointed as trade officers for Africa: Shah Mahmood Qureshi
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday said 45 people have been selected and appointed as trade officers on merit for Africa.
“We are devising a comprehensive policy ‘Engage Africa’ viewing the recommendations regarding Africa. Our next meeting about Africa would be held in January in Kenya, in which all the diplomats of Pakistan across the continent would be invited,” Shah Mahmood Qureshi said while talking to media in Multan.
Through economic diplomacy we would boost political engagement and economic footprint in the world’s second-largest and second-most populous continent, he said.
“We will try to export the commodities most sought after in Africa. There are many things through which we can increase engagement with Africa using the services sector,” the foreign minister said.
He also said the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) had supported Pakistan’s stance on the Kashmir conflict.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said unprecedented human rights violations were being carried out in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. “Masjids in Kashmir are locked and offering prayer is not allowed,” he said.
On army chief extension case, he said Prime Minister Imran Khan heard stance of the cabinet and decided that extension in army chief’s tenure was in our own interest.
“Whatever the government did, it did by remaining within the constitution. Issues with India and regional threats are before all of us. We respected the court’s verdict,” he said.
The FM said the court had asked the government to remove the ambiguity in the law.
“We will take the opposition into confidence on the legislation. Hopefully, the opposition will help us. Will conduct full review of the verdict of the army chief tenure extension case,” he said.
FM Qureshi also apprised the media that Kashmir had come into the focus of the US mainstream politics.
“Two hearings have been held in the US congress and resolution has also been presented as a result of this,” he said.