Islamabad, July 30: “Realism and idealism both are important
in the formulation of foreign policy. The strength and
weakness of a foreign policy is directly related to the
country’s governance, economic and domestic situation, said
Mr. Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri, former Foreign Minister of
Pakistan while addressing the Youth Parliament Pakistan on an
Overview of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy.
Mr. Kasuri began his talk by offering heartfelt condolences on
the demise of 6 Pakistan’s future leaders. He commended the
Youth Parliament for displaying maturity in continuing with
the session despite the huge loss as that truly is a befitting
tribute to their martyred members, he said.
Mr. Kasuri said that Pakistan has failed to tell its side of
the story on its role in war against terrorism and militancy
to the World. He believed that foreign policy of a country can
not be partisan but has to a multi-partisan policy that
reflects the consensus in the society.
Youth Parliament projects soft power of Pakistan and the
project, with its intent of harnessing youth’s leadership
potential should be encouraged, believed Mr. Kasuri.
“The role of leadership is important in mobilizing people,”
said Mr. Kasuri. Our government was able to improve relations
with all our neighbours including India. The Kashmir issue
remains a daunting task though Pakistan had made major strides
towards resolving the issue under the previous regime, he
Answering a question about Pakistan’s policy towards
Afghanistan, Mr. Kasuri said that we can change everything but
our neighbour. It is unfortunate that the West, including the
British Prime Minister Cameron’s recent statement, blames us
for running with hares and hunting with the hounds, but
they misunderstand Pakistan’s intent. Afghanistan is our
neighbour and we have to talk to all parties there for a
lasting peace and a working relationship. Pakistan is
committed for regional peace and stability but some jihadi
groups enjoy popular support which displays a negative image
of our country.
Mr. Kasuri said that Pakistan’s relations with Israel are 50
year old. Both Israel and Pakistan are aware of each other’s
capacity to harm each other. The purpose behind our contacts
with Israel has been the proposition of Land for Peace
presented by King Abdullah, in a resolution passed by Arab
League. Since Israel wanted to develop relations so it was
prudent to send a signal from our side, he said.
Earlier that day the, session began with oath taking of the
newly-inducted Deputy Speaker, Ms. Ayesha Bilal Bhatti
House invited the attention of Honourable Speaker towards the
damage caused by the heavy rainfall and demanded immediate
measures to restore normalcy from the government. “Modes of
preservation of rain water must be adopted by building huge
reservoirs that can be used for other purposes as well”, said
the Leader of Opposition, Mr. Lehrasip Hayat
Another Calling Attention Notice was presented on the issue of
violence against women and asked for strict action for the
perpetrators from the Government. The recent issue of violence
on Nurse of Jinnah Hospital, Karachi was also discussed and an
explanation was also demanded.
A resolution was passed that the SAARC forum for PAK-INDIA
Economic Integration in the energy sector. It will be
beneficial for Pakistan and India to be on the same platform
to cope with energy crisis and economic integration.