Pak FM Qureshi Grilled in the European Parliament on Women's and Minorities Issues

Oct 15, 2010, 10:51 ET from European Organization of Pakistani Minorities

BRUSSELS, October 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held meetings with the members of Foreign Affairs Committee, Development Committee and Delegation for South Asia in the European Parliament here on Thursday. During the meetings held on the sidelines of the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FoDP) meeting being held here on Friday (October 15).

During the conference MEP Emine Bozkurt and MEP Ana Gomes asked the Pakistani Foreign Minister about the violence against women in Pakistan and about the interference of the Pakistani secret service ISI in the running of Afghanistan.

Commenting to these questions about women the Pakistani Foreign Minister replied "We are building a democratic culture, but obviously it takes time. Old habits die hard."

Commenting on the interference in Afghanistan he mentioned "If you want to help us fight extremism and terrorism one way of doing that is making Pakistan economically stable. And Afghanistan is a neighbour and we shall do all to have a friendly government in Afghanistan".

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SOURCE European Organization of Pakistani Minorities