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PML-N spoiled Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case, says FM Qureshi

PML-N spoiled Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case, says FM Qureshi

MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi today (Sunday) blamed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for ‘spoiling’ the case of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav for Pakistan.

The minister’s remarks came in response to a question about the legislation related to the plea against the spy’s sentence. Talking to journalists in Multan, he said, “We are implementing the recommendations of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and we took measures on their advice.”

“The Opposition should act sensibly and understand treacherous designs of India”, he said, adding that India didn’t want consular access to Jadhav, rather wanted to drag Pakistan to the ICJ once again.

Talking about accountability, he said that the government didn’t believe in retaliation, but in clear and transparent accountability. He reiterated that Prime Minister Imran would not hand-out NROs or sign a deal with the corrupt people for personal gains.

“We don’t believe in subjecting someone to insult or accountability unnecessarily,” he said, adding that “those going through accountability will be given the opportunity to explain.”

Responding to opposition’s criticism of the budget, FM Qureshi said, “We are not going to bring a mini-budget” adding that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Ahsan Iqbal should first review the budget book. Referring to the US Airbase, Qureshi reiterated that, “Pakistan doesn’t intend to give its airbases to the US.”

To a question, Qureshi responded that Pakistan will be glad to witness development in underdeveloped countries. “China has no threats from the projects pertaining to investment in the countries,” he added.

About Hajj, The foreign minister stated that Saudi government had decided to allow limited number of local people and some other citizens hailing from countries and already present there (Saudi Arabia) to perform Hajj.