ISLAMABAD: June14, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has advised the Indian government to focus on its domestic issues instead of behaving like an expansionist nation.
In a tweeter message, the foreign minister said: “It would serve PM Modi’s government and ‘neighbourhood first’ policy well to realise India’s neighbours pose far less of a problem than their own domestic inadequacies, failures and fascism.”
Qureshi also criticized India for “igniting border disputes with every neighbour” and said that the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party government should be “focused on serving the poor, downtrodden and minorities of India better”.
Qureshi’s tweets comes after Prime Minister Imran Khan offered to “help and share [the government’s] successful cash transfer programme, lauded internationally for its reach and transparency, with India”. The PTI government has launched the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme under which about 12 million lower-income families each received Rs12,000 to cover basic needs for three months.
Shah Mehmood said that the prime minister’s “offer” came after a study by University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago and the Mumbai-based Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy (CMIE) concluded that about 84 per cent of Indian households were suffering from a decline in income due to the pandemic.
Indian forces often resort to aggression at the Line of Control and target soldiers as well as civilians in “unprovoked” attacks, which results in damage to both life and property. The FM said.
Mr Qureshi was of the view that apart from its disputes with Pakistan, India is currently engaged in a standoff with China’s forces in the remote snow desert of Ladakh where hundreds of soldiers have been ranged against each other since April in the most serious border flare-ups for years after Chinese patrols advanced into what India deems its side of the de facto border.
Both sides are holding talks and, according to an Indian official, after weeks of tension including an incident in which patrolling soldiers from the two sides came to blows on the banks of Pangong Lake, resulting in injuries — friction has eased somewhat.
Another conflict India is involved in is with Nepal, who has protested to India over a border road, which it claims traverses its territory. New Delhi denies the charge, Mr Qureshi said
The Foreign Minister said . Protests in Nepal were also fueled from a new map of the region India drew after the bifurcation of occupied Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories in December last year.