PM monitoring Sialkot lynching incident : FM Qureshi

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Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said Sialkot incident is individuals act and government is not involved therein and our relations with Sri Lanka will not be affected.

“Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan is monitoring the matter himself. Facts will come to light within 48 hours that what are the motives. An economic crisis can strike if Afghanistan assets remain freezed and half population of Afghanistan can become victim to acute food shortage. India wanted to shift all the burden of its failure in Afghanistan to Pakistan. But its designs were frustrated due to diplomacy”, He said this while talking to media men here Saturday.

The world needs to understand the situation in Afghanistan, he held. Humanitarian crisis will emerge if attention is not paid to Afghanistan.

He indicated that an extraordinary meeting of OIC on Afghan situation is going to take place in Islamabad on December 19 under Saudi Arabia after 41 years. Senior officials will have reached Pakistan on December 18.

We have reservations about Afghan situation. The representatives of UN and World Bank have also been invited, he said adding we are going to invite Germany, Japan, Canada and Australia to participate in the meeting. We wish that a high level Afghan delegation should also come when the meeting would be taking place. We want to create world consensus on Afghanistan issue. UN agency will too assist us in this regard.

Regarding Sialkot incident he said we have not only condemned it but we have taken notice of it. PM Imran Khan is seeing this matter. Sri Lanka has appreciated Pakistan role in this regard. We are keeping Sri Lankan high commission abreast persistently. We hope our relations would not be affected due to this incident.

Pakistan will hold transparent investigation and the perpetrators will be brought to justice, he underscored.

Chief Minister Punjab has taken notice of it and ISPR has also condemned it.