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Pakistan would not compromise on national interest: FM Bilawal Bhutto

The Foreign Minister talked about various steps to unlock Pakistan's economic and trade opportunities with its neighbours.

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Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday asserted that Pakistan would never compromise on its national interest whenever it engages with any other country.

He was speaking at the annual Pakistan Breakfast session in Davos organised on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2022.

Bilawal said he was hopeful that a day would come when his country would be able to engage with India, not just diplomatically but also economically.

The Foreign Minister talked about various steps to unlock Pakistan’s economic and trade opportunities with its neighbours.

He said, “If not today, then tomorrow, that day will have to come. That day we will unlock our full economic potential, and all will share the fruit of prosperity.”

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Hinting toward Kashmir, he said, “I hope that day will come in my lifetime when we are able to resolve the conflicts in our region and that day we will be able to unlock our full growth potential.”

Bilawal said that Pakistan empathises and sympathises with the people in Ukraine; however, the only way to resolve the Ukraine crisis is through dialogue and diplomacy.

He said it is not only in the interest of smaller countries like ours but also of larger nations and everyone.

He said Pakistan is facing severe economic consequences of various conflicts while the world is facing existential crises like the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change.

FM Bilawal writes to UN, OIC on Kashmir issue

Meanwhile, Bilawal has written to the United Nations to urge India to acquit Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik from all charges and ensure his immediate release from prison.

According to the Foreign Office, the letter was sent to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on May 24, as part of Pakistan’s ongoing efforts to draw the international community’s attention to the situation in Kashmir.

The FM urged the UN to take immediate cognisance of India’s targeting of indigenous Kashmiri leadership through motivated cases, particularly the treatment meted out to Malik.

Read more: Yasin Malik gets life in jail instead of death penalty

Separately, Bilawal has written a letter to the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Hissein Brahim Taha, over India’s human rights violations in Kashmir.