Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the Senior Vice Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, also known as SM Qureshi PTI, called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to clarify his statement regarding Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program in the Senate. The PTI leader asked whether the International Monetary Fund, also known as IMF, demanded Pakistan to give up its missile and nuclear program.
During a press conference, Qureshi, who is a former foreign minister, expressed his concern about Dar’s statement, which has created a new crisis in the country. Qureshi stated that the Foreign Office spokesperson had to clarify the issue during her weekly press briefing, stating that talks about nuclear power were not on the agenda of talks with any country or financial institution.
Qureshi questioned why Dar made such a significant statement on the floor of the house and asked him to clarify whether the IMF asked Pakistan to give up its missile system or nuclear program. He emphasized that no one has the right to question Pakistan’s nuclear program as it is for defense purposes.
Furthermore, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Senator Raza Rabbani also questioned the prime minister to give a policy statement on nuclear weapons. The issue has sparked concern and debate in the country as Finance Minister Dar, in his address to the Senate earlier this week, said that Pakistan would not compromise on its nuclear program for reviving the stalled IMF loan facility.
Qureshi’s call for clarification from Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on the issue of Pakistan’s nuclear program is significant as it highlights the importance of transparency in the country’s politics. It also underscores the sensitivity of the issue of nuclear weapons in the country and the need for a clear policy stance on the issue.