I am against politics of hatred, division and polarization, says Bilawal


NEW YORK: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the meeting with the US Secretary of State was positive, fruitful and encouraging while he against the politics of hatred, division and polarization.

Before leaving for China, Bilawal said in an interview with the US news agency that “we believe that Pakistan should continue to engage with the United States at all levels and that the United States and Pakistan should move beyond the past tensions over Afghanistan.”

He said that it was time to move forward and build a broader, deeper and more meaningful relationship, urgently addressing the humanitarian crisis and the devastated economy of Afghanistan.

The foreign minister said that the complete destruction of the Afghan economy would be a catastrophe for Afghans, Pakistan and the international community.

“I am particularly opposed to the politics of hatred, division and polarization. We believe that the world is too big for both Pakistan and India,” he said.

Bilawal said that his mother Benazir Bhutto and grandfather Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto are important figures in history.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari had said that the whole Pakistani nation stands in solidarity with the affected Chinese families and vowed that those behind the Karachi University attack will not be forgiven.

The foreign minister was speaking at a condolence reference held at the Foreign Office for the Chinese nationals who were killed in a suicide attack last month at the KU’s Confucius Institute.

Four people, including three Chinese nationals, were killed while four others sustained injuries in a car explosion on the premises of the University of Karachi.

Today’s FO event was held a couple of days after Bilawal Bhutto’s first meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in which the focus was on the security of Chinese nationals in Pakistan.

“We will not forgive the enemies of Pak-China friendship,” the foreign minister said while speaking at the memorial service for victims of the Karachi terrorist attack.

“The attack was carried out in the name of Baloch people’s rights. The Chinese are our guests and we will provide them all assistance.”

The foreign minister said that no one can accept in Pakistan that the guests are targeted in a terrorist attack as we ourselves passed through this.

The foreign minister stressed that the people of Pakistan were killed in the name of religion, and noted that all provinces had witnessed terrorism first-hand.

Bilawal said the attack was not only on the Chinese teachers, but it was an assault on Pakistan-China’s all-weather friendship, which has always overcome challenges.

“Everyone is aware that our relationship with China is not limited to state-to-state, but it expands to people-to-people,” the foreign minister said.