FO terms PTI leaders’ participation in Australian High Commissioner’s breakfast as normal

US Embassy and ECP should be contacted for details of yesterday’s meeting, says Mumtaz Zahra Baloch

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The Foreign Office has termed the participation of political leaders in breakfast at the Australian High Commissioner’s house as normal.

During the weekly press briefing at the Foreign Office, the Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed the meeting between Donald Bloom and Sikandar Sultan Raja yesterday and said that the meeting of diplomats with local political leaders is normal.

Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said that the US Embassy and the Election Commission should be contacted for details of the meeting; however, the meeting of political leaders over breakfast at the Australian High Commissioner’s house is also part of the routine.

It may be recalled that before the arrest, Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said in a statement that the Australian High Commissioner had invited some PTI leaders for breakfast, in which the US Ambassador and others were present. He said that on that occasion they had presented their position on the political situation in Pakistan.

The PTI leader said that he was apprised of his concern over the growing terror situation in the country, clarifying that there was no discussion with the envoys regarding the PTI chairman’s release or cipher.

In addition, the Foreign Office spokesman said that Pakistan has never requested to become a member of BRICS, but the decisions of the BRICS Summit in South Africa will be reviewed.

He said that the Saudi Hajj Minister visited Pakistan and discussed issues related to Hajj while meeting the President, caretaker Prime Minister and Governor Sindh.

The Foreign Office spokesman further said that India continues to violate the 2003 ceasefire agreement; Pakistan condemns the unprovoked firing by India on August 21 on Line of Control (LoC).