ISLAMABAD, 2 July: Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Friday commented on the PM’s absence from the military and intelligence leadership’s briefing on National security, Afghanistan, and Kashmir to parliamentary leaders, claiming that the premier had not attended the briefing to accommodate the leader of the opposition.
“The PM was scheduled to attend the national security huddle, but the opposition leader ‘Shahbaz Sharif’ had conveyed to the speaker that if [Prime Minister Imran Khan] came to the briefing, he would not attend,” Fawad said
Echoing the talking points from a day earlier, he said the government hopes and prays that there is a peaceful transfer of power in Afghanistan.
He added, “We are pushing for negotiations in Afghanistan,”
“There are three million Afghan nationals in Pakistan — if another three million are pushed in, it shall put a lot of pressure on our economy,” he said.
“It won’t be so easy for the Taliban to take over the government,” Chaudhry said on the prospects for peace in the war-torn neighbor. “We want that the Afghan Taliban and the Ghani government negotiate [a way out].”
“We are only concerned when India uses Afghan territories against us,” he added. “Meanwhile, we will continue to try and mediate between the Afghan Taliban and the Ghani government.”
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Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has lashed out at the Sindh High Court’s (SHC) verdict banning TikTok across Pakistan till July 8, terming it “judicial activism”.
The high court issued an order Monday to suspend the video-sharing app TikTok across Pakistan till July 8, nearly three months after the country had lifted a ban imposed on it.
Taking to Twitter, Chaudhry warned of consequences Pakistan will face in case it did not carry out judicial reforms.
“Pakistan will never come out of its economic crisis if judicial reforms are not undertaken,” he tweeted.