Bilawal striving to develop good relations with all countries: Tasneem


SARGODHA, Jun 18 (DNA): Minister of State for Production and Industries
Tasneem Ahmed Qureshi has said that the country is reaping the benefits
of solid efforts of Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for good
relations with all world countries.

The recent agreements with Russia were a result of a wise policy of
Bilawal Bhutto, he said while talking to a state run news agency here on

The state minister said Pakistan People’s Party had always pursued the
policy of friendly relations with all world nations on the basis of

He said the deal struck by Pakistan with Russia for crude oil import
would help the government pass on financial relief to masses, who had
been bearing the brunt of inflation, stemming from the previous
government’s flawed economic policies.

Tasneem Quresi said: “It is for the first time in the country’s history
that crude oil from Russia has arrived in Pakistan. I want to say to my
political opponents that Russian oil has reached Pakistan, which will
benefit the people; so at least congratulate the nation today.” he
regretted that the previous government always misled people on almost
all issues.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, in fact, did not manage
to get any oil deal with Russia, which was also confirmed by the Russian
government officials. He said Pakistan had imported 100,000 tons of oil
from Russia initially with plans to gradually increase the quantity over
time as the country would meet its quarterly oil requirements through
utilisation of Russian oil.

The state minister said the previous government made baseless claims,
suggesting that the PTI government’s attempt to import oil from Russia
led to its alleged removal. He said the government intended to ink a $10
billion contract before the end of its tenure, so a new oil refinery
could be established in Pakistan.