Criticizing the recent statement of Dr. Shireen Mazari, Minister for Human Rights, the PPP said that there is confusion in the frontline ranks at the Foreign Office (FO) and the federal cabinet, affecting the Kashmir issue amid the atrocities being faced by Kashmiris at the hands of Indian forces.
Responding to Dr. Mazari, Sherry Rehman, a parliamentary leader in the Senate and observed PPP vice president, “Dr. Mazari’s criticism poses a strong question mark on the PTI government’s ability to forge any policy. Now the disunity is pointing to policy failures that the opposition has been raising. Now their own ministers are saying it”.
She said that a ranking minister has no right to publicly question policy, and the rifts in PTI ranks are the possible causes that are clearly impacting the strategic force of our policy. Supporting further she said, “How can a government with no cohesion in its own cabinet instill confidence in Pakistan’s policies abroad?”
Just a day before, she expressed her anger and disappointments over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for resorting to so-called diplomacy and not taking PM’s nuanced narrative forward, “letting down Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Kashmiris”.
According to her, PM is the only one who single-handedly highlights the Kashmir issue. “Had our FO and those institutions who make policies on Kashmir taken it up further, today the situation would have changed,”
Along with this rare criticism of the Foreign Office, Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, a spokesman for the PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, also expressed his resentment, saying “Government foreign policy is in tatters”.
He shared the fact that the federal minister for human rights has herself admitted that the country’s foreign policy is just about speeches, statements, and Twitter. For him, the failure to raise the Kashmir issue is not just the failure of the foreign office but also of the prime minister.
General Nayyar Bukhari, PPP Secretary, also took part in the verbal rit, pointing out that conflicting statements from ministries on the Kashmir issue are simply sabotaging the fight for the right of self-determination of Kashmiris.