LAHORE: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf’s information secretary opposed Pro-Saudi PMLN government’s foreign policy aimed at alienating Islamic Republic of Iran. She also opposed government’s pro-Saudi policy on Syria and Bahrain.
“US always speak about promoting democracy but it supports an entirely different policy in the Middle East. We should review our foreign policy as Saudi Arabia is acting on a specific agenda. Pakistan should not become party in this agenda and we should establish cordial relations with all neighbours like India, Iran and Afghanistan,” she said addressing a seminar titled Way Forward Politically for Pakistan in the World Today organised by the PTI.
She demanded that the government should clarify its position on the $1.5 billion [Saudi] package as all political parties have great apprehensions about this [support].
“Pakistan should seek cordial relations with all neighbouring countries, including Iran. Pakistan cannot afford to alienate Iran. Present government has suddenly developed a new policy on Syria and Bahrain,” PTI leader Ms Mazari urged.
“Pakistan does not have an identity crisis. It has a leadership crisis,” she said.
Opposition Leader in the Provincial Assembly Mian Mehmood ur Rashid said the United States had adopted a divide-and-rule policy among Muslim countries.
PTI Punjab president Ejaz Chaudhry said Pakistan should shut down donor agencies and banks it wanted to stand on sovereign footings. He urged the government should first address core issues before extending friendly relations with India.
However, Shireen Mazari urged the government of Pakistan should re-design its foreign policy after carefully weighing the costs and benefits of each decision and foreign policy should be based on national interest, respect for territorial sovereignty. She urged the government should develop a strategy to compete with the changing international landscape. She said Pakistan should not isolate itself from the rest of the world.