In reiteration of its sturdy stance, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said Balochistan was Pakistan’s internal matter and the province’s elected representatives would act to resolve its issues rather than the US Congress.
While speaking to scholars and senior analysts at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), the minister said the US Congress hearing could dent the bilateral ties of US-Pak.
She condemned the US resolution on Balochistan saying, “Such acts of foolhardy-global-vigilantism could only aggravate Pakistan’s already estranged ties with US. It would distance the two allies even further”.
About relationships with India, Khar observed that keeping the negotiations alive on top of exhibiting mature sightedness would be the right thing to do for both countries. Before moving ahead, she linked Pakistan’s future with Afghanistan’s vowing firm support for peace process between the two states.
According to the media reports, the Pakistani foreign minister was expected to ask British leaders to use their influence with the US to eliminate drone attacks in Tribal Areas, the bordering areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Wajid Shamsul Hassan, the Pakistan’s High Commissioner in London, recently called on British Prime Minister David Cameron to condemn US unmanned strikes, seeking his help to halt the operation.
Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit while talking to the media confirmed that all issues would be discussed during Khar’s visit to Briton. He observed, “When we will begin talks, every issue will come under discussion. We will definitely express our reservations over it (drone attacks)”.
He further stated that Khar’s visit will concentrate on a dialogue on enhanced strategic relations between Pakistan and Britain to strengthen the bilateral cooperation in economy, trade, education and other walks of life.
It is expected that Hina Rabbani Khar, who is in London for a four-day visit, will hold a sitting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a bid to place bilateral ties on equal terms and conditions.
Some media outlets claimed that Hina Rabbani Khar is expected to hold a quiet and unpublicized meeting with US secretary of state Clinton in London. A leading newspaper quoting sources published the story about the quite meeting between the two leaders.
Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, Sherry Rehman, is also expected to attend the meeting, the report said.