Murder of Khalistan Movement leader in Canada jolts West: PM Kakar
PM Kakar said murder of Sikh leader has raised serious questions about the role of Indian state.
NEW YORK (Dunya News) - Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Friday said that the gruesome murder of Khalistan Movement Sikh leader in Canada had jolted the West that raised serious questions about the role of Indian state.
Addressing a presser at the Pakistan Mission, the prime minister said that Pakistan had been a victim of such state sponsored terrorism and shared evidences of ‘Pakistan centric’ at different global and multilateral fora about the role of Indian state.
He said that it might be the first of its kind event probably after the First World War that an Asian country staged a physical murder on the European soil and its impacts were being felt across the western countries who now realized how India was persecuting its minorities like Christians, Sikhs and Muslims.
The prime minister opined that an alliance should be formed to check such ‘rough behaviour’ of India.
To another question, he said that he also held meetings with different business bodies in the US that showed interests in the economic revival plans in Pakistan, including privatization and SIFC.
He also termed his discussion with the Managing Director IMF very constructive, adding that she hoped that the upcoming mandated government would carry on the economic plan.
To a query, he said that the caretaker government had conducted administrative intervention against the sugar and wheat mafias with effective measures.
There was no dearth of these commodities in the country as different edible items were readily available, he said, adding however, prices of certain commodities were linked with the international prices.
The prime minister said that the caretaker government was striving to provide relief to the masses.
The IMF was very appreciative of the interim government’s steps over illegal trade of dollars, he added.
IMF did not demand anything, rather the caretaker government was giving them a confidence and would abide by the agreements, he said, adding that the upcoming elected government would further negotiate with the IMF according to their manifesto.
About Afghanistan, the prime minister said that they had multifaceted engagements with the Afghan interim government and hoped the outcome of these engagements would be beneficial for the two countries.
Responding to a question, he said that Pakistan would take all steps to protect its territory and people whenever any need arose.
He further said that Pakistan respected the territorial sovereignty and integrity of Afghanistan.
About Pak-US ties, he said that they had very constructive historic ties which would be further strengthened.
The Pakistani diaspora were contributing in the US and playing their role in the community building.
The prime minister stressed that Pakistan had an exclusive identity and it should be seen through the prism of it rather than any other regional or other contexts.
About his meeting with the Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, PM Kakar said that they had discussed the mutual priorities and held beneficial negotiations.
He also highlighted his engagements on the sidelines of the UNGA session.