‘Powerful country threatened with “dire consequences” due to Russia visit’

‘Powerful country threatened with “dire consequences” due to Russia visit’

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that “powerful country” is angry with Pakistan due to his recent visit to Russia.

“I am paying the price for pursuing an independent foreign policy and was threatened with “dire consequences” by a foreign power for visiting Russia,” the premier said while addressing the Islamabad Security Dialogue Friday.

“Today, I read the statement of the British Foreign Secretary that mentioned that they cannot say anything to India as it is an independent state — I don’t blame them for this support, this is our mistake,” he said.

The PM stressed that inclusive prosperity, rule of law and an independent foreign policy are the key elements for the national security of any country. He said unequal development, increasing gap between the rich and the poor and capture of resources by a handful elite class make a country vulnerable.

The PM emphasized that society becomes secure and successful when it looks after the weak segments of the society and ensures rule of law. He said that without an independent foreign policy, the country cannot protect the interests of its people.

Earlier in his remarks, National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf said our national security policy focuses on peace, cooperation and economy. He said we want cooperation with all the countries.

The National Security Adviser said that best experts from around the world as well as intellectuals and cabinet members are attending the security dialogue.