Defense Minister Khawaja Asif on Saturday said that in addition to gas, Russia has also offered to ship wheat to Pakistan in commemoration of catastrophic floods and conservation in view possibility of food shortages, which occur in in aftermath of flood.
Russia has said it can provide us wheat because in coming days as we may have a shortage […]”, he said at a press conference. in Islamabad.
ministerThe statements came a day after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his delegation returned from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit. in Uzbekistan.
During his two-day visit to Samarkand, where the annual Council of of heads of State took placethe prime minister held meetings with several world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
AT one such a meeting on Putin said on Thursday that pipeline gas supplies to Pakistan had been cut off. possible, showing that the necessary infrastructure was already in place.
Two leaders also expressed their readiness to expand and strengthen cooperation between their countries in all directions of mutual benefit, including food security, trade and investment, energy, defense and security.
AT media talk today, Asif confirmed development.
“They said they could give us gas. Russia said they have gas pipelines in Central Asian countries and pipelines can be extended to Pakistan via Afghanistan. These negotiations took place“, he clarified.
minister stated that President Putin also appreciated the position of Pakistan on Russian-Ukrainian war in United Nations (UN) and internationally.
Talking about meeting with Chinese President, he said that Xi expressed his wish resume the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project with “the same efficiency and passion.”
“To Pakistan, he said that we all-weather friends and suggested help country in every situation, he added.
“Imran is trying to cause controversy about the appointment of COAS”
In response to a question, Asif said that policy regarding the appointment of the commander-in-chief of the army – what should in November of this year – was clear in Constitution. “Nawaz Sharif fulfilled this political duty four times. times and Shehbaz will do the same in november”.
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He claimed the case had come under the spotlight in a way this has never happened in countries history and blamed PTI head Imran Khan for It.
“He just wants to make the appointment of an army commander moot,” he said, adding that one doubted loyalty of in head of army to the constitution and institutions.
“Politics exist separately, but institutions should not to be made controversial.”
As if also said that Imran’s statements in the last days were against countries national security, emphasizing that the action should be accepted against them. “He [Imran] won’t be shy in Pakistan sabotage for his personal benefit.
Then he went on talk about the fact that the country was going through a difficult time and this situation caused for politics to stay aside”.
“For the sake of of Pakistan, ego or politics should never come in in way. There’s pressure today on in economy […] In this situation, if you need time out from politicsthen there can be talk for what.”
However, he claimed, “Imran never talks about floods.” […] He just wants him government back”.
minister added what destruction caused floods in Southern Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were huge, but “we can’t see [any] obligations from PTI anywhere.”