Statements against friendly nations aimed to sabotage foreign investment: Asif

Khawaja Asif said some political parties were trying to sabotage relations with other countries to undermine the foreign investment inflow

By News Desk
April 19, 2024
Defence minister Khawaja Asif in an interview with BBC Urdu. — X/FarhatJavedR

ISLAMABAD: Responding to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Sher Afzal Marwat’s groundless allegations against Saudi Arabia, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday said some political parties were trying to sabotage relations with other countries to undermine the foreign investment inflow.


“Such statements were made to serve condemned political motives and to spread anarchy so that no investment comes into the country,” he said while talking to Geo News.

The federal minister emphasized the religious and economic importance of relations with certain countries for Pakistan. “This is enmity against the country. It is done under a campaign. They feel that their policy is failing. Such behaviour towards the country was shown before. They want to create chaos in the country.”

It may be noted that Marwat, speaking during a TV talk show had suggested that Saudi Arabia, alongside the United States, played a part in the ouster of Imran Khan government. Asif said by propagating and making statements, they were aiming to undermine Pakistan’s economic ties with other countries. “There is no greater enmity against your country than this. We should treat them as enemies of the state.”

Barrister Aqeel Malik, the government spokesperson on Legal Affairs, said the PTI leader’s statement came at a time when a high-level Saudi delegation was visiting the country. He termed Marwat’s statement a nefarious conspiracy to destabilise the national economy. “Unfortunately, the PTI is full of such ‘digital extremists’ like Sher Afzal Marwat who act irresponsibly on media and social media,” he said, adding that the PTI always tried to spoil relations with friendly countries. “PTI’s history testifies that the party always worked against the interests of Pakistan.” On the visit of the Iranian president to Pakistan, Asif said that state-level visits by the heads of state were not planned immediately. “The Iranian president’s visit to Pakistan was already scheduled. The recent developments between Iran and Israel have no connection with this visit. The Iranian president’s visit will take place on April 22nd, 23rd, and 24th,” Asif said. He further mentioned that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, had been invited to visit Pakistan. “It is hoped that the visit will take place after finalising diplomatic matters,” he added.