Pak FM Bilawal describes his India visit as a ‘success’
Islamabad, May 5 (PTI) Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Friday termed his visit to Goa a “success” as he argued his country’s case on Indian soil.
His comments came hours after his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar accused him of being an “encourager, justifyer and mouthpiece of the terror sector”. Addressing a press conference after his return from Goa, where he attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting, Bhutto Zardari said his visit to India was a “success” and helped reject the view of every Muslim. He was a terrorist.
“We tried to break this myth,” Bhutto-Zardari said.
Jaishankar launched an attack against Bhutto-Zardari in his speech at the SCO meeting, objecting to the Pakistani foreign minister’s statement that terrorism should not be “weaponized for diplomatic points” and was seen in comments aimed at India.
At a press conference a few hours later, Jaishankar said Bhutto-Zardari’s statement on the weaponization of terrorism inadvertently revealed a mindset.
“As foreign minister of an SCO member country, Bhutto-Zardari was treated accordingly. As promoter, advocate and spokesperson of Pakistan’s main source of terrorism, his positions were called out and countered in the SCO meeting itself,” Jaishankar said.
Responding to a question on talks with India, Bhutto-Zardari said Pakistan is clear that India should create an environment conducive to talks by restoring the pre-August 5, 2019 status of Kashmir.
He also said that countries from Central Asia are looking forward to become part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
He said all countries except India supported and appreciated CPEC.
Earlier, Bhutto-Zardari returned from India in a special Pakistan Air Force flight and landed in Karachi, where he was received by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and other cabinet members. PTI SH MRJ AKJ MRJ MRJ