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Pakistan hints willingness to bridge gap on ‘traitor’ Shakil Afridi

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi hinted that Islamabad may be willing to discuss the contentious issue of Dr Shakil Afridi which has plagued bilateral relation between the two countries.



“Openings are always there,” said the foreign minister in an interview with Fox News.

Afridi, hailed as a ‘hero’ by the US security establishment for his role in the raid by US special forces that killed al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, is viewed as a traitor in Pakistan.

“He is viewed in a particular light in Pakistan, he is viewed as a traitor in Pakistan.
But he is viewed as a friend in the US. So we have to bridge this gap,” said FM Qureshi.



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The foreign minister further elaborated that the future of Afridi lies with the courts and not with politics. He added that the now-imprisoned CIA asset went through the due legal process and was given a fair trial and a chance to plead his case.

“He was sentenced, he was convicted and is serving a sentence. We expect you to respect our legal process, as we respect yours,” said FM Qureshi while alluding to interference by the US in the country’s internal affairs.

Qureshi acknowledged that bilateral relations between the once-close allies have “soured” since President Donald Trump took office. The foreign minister reiterated that Pakistan was unjustly blamed for the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan.

“Pakistan is there to help and facilitate, we recognize that a stable and peaceful Afghanistan is in our interest.”

“When you are in a difficult situation you look for scapegoats, for areas and people and institutions that have not delivered to your expectations,” said FM Qureshi while referring to Trump’s bashing of Pakistan and blaming the country for the failure of the US-led coalition to stabilise the war-torn country after a 17-year presence.





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Qureshi acknowledged that while relations have “soured” significantly between his country and the United States since Trump took office and publicly ramped up pressure on them to do more to obliterate terrorist sanctuaries, his stance is that Pakistan is being unjustly blamed for the destabilization of neighboring Afghanistan.

“When you are in a difficult situation you look for scapegoats, for areas and people and institutions that have not delivered to your expectations,” he said. “Pakistan is there to help and facilitate, we recognize that a stable and peaceful Afghanistan is in our interest.”

Qureshi, during the interview, also said that he was not in the US to seek aid for the country.

“I am not here to talk dollars and cents, I am not here seeking aid,” Qureshi added. “I am here to fix a relationship that went sour – a relationship that has mutually-benefited both sides. We have been allies for a long time, it is time to rebuild that powerful relationship.”

FM Qureshi will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on October 2 in an attempt to reset ties between the two countries.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1815617/3-pakistan-hints-willingness-bridge-gap-traitor-shakil-afridi/
 

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Yes yes. We know what courts did with Raymond Davis. As it is IMF se loan chahiye by mid October, ab kuch to karna padega iske liye!
 

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Yes yes. We know what courts did with Raymond Davis. As it is IMF se loan chahiye by mid October, ab kuch to karna padega iske liye!
Teri baji ka chowrangi par mujra karwa kar paisai kar lain gai

Afridi jail main hi rahai ga
 

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IMF delegation, Pakistan to hold third round of talks today

IMF has termed current economic condition 'unsatisfactory'.
ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Third round of talks between delegation of International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Pakistan government will be held today (Monday) in Islamabad.

As per details garnered, IMF has termed current economic condition ‘unsatisfactory’.


State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) governor and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) chairman will also hold separate meetings with IMF’s delegation.

Sources privy to development stated that IMF has sought contract details of game-changer China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as West’s interest continues to deepen in the multi-billion dollars strategic arrangement between time-tested allies [Pakistan and China].

Talks between two sides will continue till October 4.

https://dunyanews.tv/en/Pakistan/459587-IMF-delegation-Pakistan-third-round-talks-today

Paisa chahiye to kuch na kuch karna padega.
Yeh kis qisim ka chutyapa allow kia ja raha ha on this forum? @The Eagle @waz guys look at the way fonts are being used. Is there a point in all of this?

He was sentenced, he was convicted and is serving a sentence. We expect you to respect our legal process, as we respect yours,” said FM Qureshi while alluding to interference by the US in the country’s internal affairs.
You forgot to highlight this part. So I am doing it for you.
 

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IMF delegation, Pakistan to hold third round of talks today

IMF has termed current economic condition 'unsatisfactory'.
ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Third round of talks between delegation of International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Pakistan government will be held today (Monday) in Islamabad.

As per details garnered, IMF has termed current economic condition ‘unsatisfactory’.


State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) governor and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) chairman will also hold separate meetings with IMF’s delegation.

Sources privy to development stated that IMF has sought contract details of game-changer China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as West’s interest continues to deepen in the multi-billion dollars strategic arrangement between time-tested allies [Pakistan and China].

Talks between two sides will continue till October 4.

https://dunyanews.tv/en/Pakistan/459587-IMF-delegation-Pakistan-third-round-talks-today

Paisa chahiye to kuch na kuch karna padega.
This meeting had nothing to do with seeking further loans, as our Finance Minister has already clarified. IMF came here to discuss the matters related to their previous loans, as it's mandatory to keep a check on the progress of the economy of State which recently completed an IMF program.
 

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What a abject climbdown. All that chest thumping about traitor, murderer, US agent, and now a meek cringing grovel at the US feet.
After telling porky pies about Pompeo talks. His staff stealing Kuwaiti wallets, snubbed by Umma Bharti. He is going back to Pompeo with his tail between his legs and offering Shakil Afridi as a sacrifice to get into Pompeo's good books.
Craven cowardice
Pretty tall talk from Gangas who were once boasting of some 56'' of meat loaf but take pride in capturing pigeons and balloons....and before acting like typical Indian whore making a racket at someone's ceremony, you creatures will even steal used condoms to resale them for a few pennies. Apart from having the distinction of being worlds No 1 shop lifters, your nature was evident when some of my country fellows paid a visit to your la la land.

3 Pakistan traders report theft at clothing exhibition
https://indianexpress.com/article/i...-traders-report-theft-at-clothing-exhibition/
 

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This meeting had nothing to do with seeking further loans, as our Finance Minister has already clarified. IMF came here to discuss the matters related to their previous loans, as it's mandatory to keep a check on the progress of the economy of State which recently completed an IMF program.

Watch from 24 min onwards. Asad is being diplomatic but writing is on the wall. Also clarifies the saudi aid and Chinese loans in the present situation. Burst quite some bubbles floated by Hamid Mir types in his reply.
 

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Shakil Afridi is sentenced by the Government. The government should interfering in judicial matters and let US cry over it

We will set very bad precedent if the traiter is allowed to roam freely again
 

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Asad is being diplomatic but writing is on the wall.

Watched the whole program live. Don't need your interpretation to understand our economics minister.

Tu apni baji bhej. Us ka mujra karwana hai
 

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