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Qureshi says Pakistan’s focus has shifted to geo-economics

A violent and obscene cyberspace attack by Indian citizens attempted but failed to disrupt a webinar organized by the Karachi Council on Foreign Relations (KCFR).

Newly-appointed Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi addresses the media on his first day at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on August 20, 2018. (Photo by FAROOQ NAEEM / AFP)

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was the principal speaker. He said Indian leaders had spoken openly of their readiness to use armed action against Pakistan. Nothing in a nuclear world would be even more reckless. Though Pakistan will continue to work for peace in the region with the US, our relationship must be broader. The arrival of a new administration in Washington gives us the ability to have a long-term, broad-based, and multidimensional relationship. An institutionalized and systemic commitment that is focused on mutual interest would be needed for such a collaboration. On its own merits and its own weight, [there should be] a good US-Pak alliance. Because of geo economics, it is convincing. We’re stuck at a crossroads between China and South and Central Asia.

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