Tour abandonment caused PCB financial loss: FM Qureshi says in UK


Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Elizabeth Truss on Tuesday, where he expressed Pakistan’s disappointment at the English Cricket Board’s decision to cancel the tour to Pakistan .

“This has not only caused financial losses to the Pakistan Cricket Board, but has also deeply disappointed millions of cricket fans,” said the Foreign Secretary who is currently in the UK.

The Foreign Minister congratulated Secretary Truss on her appointment and said he looked forward to working closely with her to realize the mutual desire of both sides to take bilateral relations to the next level.

It was agreed to work on roadmaps in multiple areas of mutual interest.

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Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed his British counterpart on Pakistan’s climate vulnerabilities. Although it contributed minimally to global greenhouse gas emissions, Pakistan had been among the most affected and was considered one of the most climate vulnerable countries.

He briefed Secretary Truss on measures taken by Pakistan for climate change mitigation and adaptation, including Prime Minister Imran Khan’s 10 billion tree initiative.

Hailing Pakistan’s climatic credentials, Secretary Truss said the UK looked forward to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s participation in the UK’s COP-26 in Glasgow in November this year.

In addition to detailed discussions on the full range of bilateral relations, the two sides also discussed the regional situation.

While praising the recent debate in the British House of Commons on the human rights situation in Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir in India (IIOJK), the Foreign Secretary briefed his British counterpart on the violations of human rights committed by the Indian occupation forces in the IIOJK.

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He hopes the UK will play its rightful role in this regard. A file documenting evidence of more than 3,000 war crimes perpetrated by Indian occupation forces has also been shared.

Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed his British counterpart on the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s hopes and expectations regarding the dispensation from Kabul.

Qureshi said Pakistan’s immediate concern was to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe. Pakistan has established a humanitarian corridor and is providing all possible assistance to come to the aid of the Afghan people.

Pakistan also facilitated the evacuation of large numbers of foreign nationals and Afghans wishing to leave. Pakistan was willing to serve as a hub for humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, he added.

Qureshi urged the international community not to repeat the mistakes of the past and to engage constructively with the Taliban.

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Foreign Minister invited Secretary Truss to visit Pakistan as part of 5th review session of Pakistan-UK deal Improved Strategic dialogue, which she accepted.

This meeting marks the second meeting in a month between the two parties at the level of foreign ministers.

Courtesy: APP

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