ISLAMABAD: Pakistan says that fencing along the border with Afghanistan is necessary to stem cross border movement of terrorists and facilitate the movement of people and trade goods. In addition, he said Pakistan is carrying out the fencing on its side of the border. This was stated by Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad Thursday.
To a question, the spokesperson said that there had been visits from Pakistan to Afghanistan in the recent past including that of the parliamentary delegation. He said the prime minister and the Afghan president during their meeting at the sidelines of SCO Summit had also agreed to use the QCG and bilateral channels to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. He said we will therefore welcome visits from Afghan side.
Responding to a question about reported plans by the US to review its policy towards Pakistan, the spokesperson said Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with the United States which are longstanding. He said we believe continued cooperation between the two countries is critical for promoting peace and security in the region and beyond. He said Pakistan is carrying out operations against terrorists without any discrimination. These operations are driven by the national interests. He said the country will not allow its land used against any other country. He said Pakistan’s position on US drone strikes is very clear as these attacks are counterproductive and amount to violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.
Referring to the downing of Iranian drone on Wednesday, the spokesperson said Pakistan will not tolerate any drone attacks on its territory.
The spokesperson said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting Islamabad this weekend to discuss matters pertaining to peace and stability in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan, China and some other countries are cooperating closely for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. He said during the visit both the sides will also review the bilateral relations.
Briefing about the latest situation in occupied Kashmir, Nafees Zakariya said Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has written letters to the UN Secretary General, the president of the UNSC and the OIC secretary general to update them about the gross human rights violations in the held valley. He said the United Nations has a responsibility to resolve this long standing dispute which is on its agenda since long. He said Pakistan always welcomes mediation offers for the resolution of this internationally recognized dispute.
The spokesperson said the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has always supported the just cause of Kashmiri people. It has always emphasized the need for resolution of the dispute in accordance with the UNSC resolutions. He said Pakistan calls upon the international community including its brothers in OIC to impress upon India to stop brutalities in the valley. INP