PM Imran Khan calls the shots on foreign policy: Fawad

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Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry has claimed that Prime Minister Imran Khan is calling the shots on foreign policy ever his Tehreek-e-Insaf came into power.

“When asked who calls the shots in Pakistan when it comes to foreign policy – the army or the civilian government,” Chaudhry said: “Of course Prime Minister Imran Khan.”

“During the earlier regimes, there had been conflicts between the civilian government and the army on various issues as they were not capable of talking to each other frankly. But this is the not the case anymore since Imran Khan has come into power,” he told Gulf News in Dubai.

“Our government has an advantage that we can talks freely with each other. Currently, each and every major policy in Pakistan is actually a consensus policy – with the civilian government and the army on the same page,” he told the daily.

He said that Pakistan would try to resume peace talks with India once elections results were out in the neighboring country.

“We have delayed our efforts to hold talks with India because we do not expect any big decision from the present Indian leadership,” said Fawad Chaudhry.

“It is not the right time to hold a dialogue as Indian politics is currently in turmoil because of the upcoming elections. “It is useless to talk to them (India) now unless there is some stability. We will move forward once the new government is formed after the elections.”

Chaudhry said Pakistan is playing its role at a fairly advanced level for the Afghan peace dialogue.

“Frankly, we expect a positive outcome from the negotiations between the US and Afghan Taliban,” he said.

The Information Minister said Pakistan’s role in bringing Taliban to the negotiation table has been appreciated by US President Donald Trump so much so that he has reviewed and changed his policies against Pakistan.

To a question, the Minister said the meeting between Imran Khan and Trump is on the cards but it will be possible only after the Afghan peace talks. “We are waiting to see this happen,” he added.