We should not embarrass our friendly countries: says Asif 

 
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Islamabad, Sept 06 (TNS): Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said that we should not put our friendly countries in trouble and must bring our house in order.

In an interview to a private news channel, the minister said that we shouldn’t put pressure on countries they share a close relationship with us.

“We need to tell our friends that we have improved our house. We need to bring our house in order to prevent facing embarrassment on an international level.”

He also said that he doesn’t get why people are so surprised over the terrorist names included by the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in the list. Those organisations are also banned in Pakistan. During Eid-ul-Azha, specific instructions were issued that no hides will be given to these banned organizations, he added.

Only one nation is Pakistan’s enemy in BRICS forum, he added.

He said that the military and civil leadership are on the same page that Pakistan has to make a clean break from its past.

He accepted that Pakistan has made some mistakes in the past, adding that the country should not have participated in the proxy war in Afghanistan during Zia-ul-Haq’s tenure as well as the war on terror.

“We need to break our false image. We have no stake but there is baggage. We need to accept the history and correct ourselves.”

Earlier, Khawaja Asif had said the BRICS declaration, which named terrorist groups in the South Asia region, cannot be termed as a failure of the country’s foreign policy.