On Thursday Prime Minister Imran Khan, whereas addressing the federal cabinet, termed it unfortunate that Indian media have Pakistan’s positive gesticulation of opening the Kartarpur border a “political color.”

“Inappropriately the Indian media has given Kartarpur border opening a political color, as if we did this to gain some sort of political mileage; this is not true. We did it because it is part of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s policy,” the prime minister said.

He added “we have religious sites that are important for Hindus and Buddhists we should open them up and facilitate the people.”

The Sikh community has really responded positively to the effort to the opening of Kartarpur border. It is to them what Madinah is to us Muslims. We hope that India will also respond positively in return,” said by the Prime Minister Khan.

Foreign policy matters

In reference to Special Ambassador for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad’s meeting with the prime minister yesterday, the cabinet was told that “Pakistan’s role in the region is now being recognized.”

Pakistan has always took an active part to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and it is a matter of great pleasure that the United States has recognized Islamabad’s contribution to this effect,” the prime minister Imran reported as saying.

Prime Minister Khan assumed by touching upon Pakistan’s offer to act as mediator in the Yemen conflict, “We talked to Saudi Arabia and Iran on the matter, Iran’s foreign minister gave us the go-ahead to try and see what could be done. We will try our best in this regard as well.”

Deflecting criticism

The Prime Minister Imran Khan also came to his ministers’ defense, saying that: “The finance ministry, planning and commerce ministries should be praised for the efforts they have made under great stress.”

The Prime Minister added that despite difficulties and challenges, various multinational companies have pledged to invest in Pakistan.

“Let me name a few of the companies that are planning to invest here. The Suzuki’s chairman promised an investment worth $450 million, The Coca-Cola Company will invest $500m and PepsiCo will invest $400m,” the prime minister said after.

“Exxon; which is the largest gas drilling company in the world has come back to Pakistan after 27 years. They are instantly investing $200m in the country and they are saying that by next summer, they expect to know exactly how many off-shore gas reserves we have,” he additionally told.


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