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Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Emphasizes the Importance of Peace and Stability in the Region

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar, in his address at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad, painted a picture of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, a vision that could potentially bring significant benefits not only to Pakistan but also to the entire region. He underscored the importance of dialogue, avoidance of bloc politics, and adherence to the UN Charter, all of which are key pillars of Pakistan’s foreign policy.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar, in his address, reiterated Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to fostering peaceful, cooperative relations with all countries, even in the face of challenges. He emphasized the country’s focus on economic development and regional peace, particularly with Afghanistan and India, advocating for stability in South Asia.

Dar also highlighted Pakistan’s cooperation with Afghanistan post-Taliban takeover to prevent a humanitarian crisis and underscored the importance of preventing the use of Afghan soil for terrorism. In addition, he expressed Pakistan’s desire for good relations with India based on mutual respect and peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

Regarding the BJP-led NDA government in India, Dar called for reflection on India-Pakistan relations and regional issues, criticizing India’s unilateral actions in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He urged India to create an environment conducive to dialogue and take steps for positive relations.

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Furthermore, Dar stressed the strategic partnership with China and the transformative impact of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on Pakistan’s economy. He also advocated for deeper ties with neighboring and major powers and reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to multilateralism.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar, in his address, emphasized the significance of communication, dialogue, and negotiations in Pakistan’s foreign policy. He endorsed cooperation over confrontation, highlighting Pakistan’s approach focused on a peaceful neighborhood policy and sustainable economic development, a strategy that takes into account the concerns and interests of all parties involved.

In conclusion, the Foreign Minister reiterated Pakistan’s keen interest in a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Afghanistan as well as the country’s efforts to enhance partnerships with various nations and prioritize trade, investment, and regional connectivity.

Dar also mentioned Pakistan’s upcoming UN Security Council membership for 2025-26, underscoring its commitment to international peace and security.

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