ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Wednesday called upon Afghanistan to check cross border movement of terrorists.
Addressing a seminar in Islamabad, the Adviser also asked Afghan authorities to take action against banned Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) operating from the Afghan soil.
Sartaj Aziz said, “Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad has been launched to eradicate remnant terrorist elements,” adding that terrorist sanctuaries have been destroyed in Waziristan.
The Adviser said, “Pakistan has always made sincere efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan.”
He stressed that, “Political solution can only pave the way for durable peace in the neighboring country.”
He underscored that, “Peace in Afghanistan is vital for peace and security of Pakistan.”
The Adviser said, “Pak Afghan border at Chaman has partially been opened. In the first phase, sick Afghan nationals are being allowed to go back to their homes.”
Sartaj Aziz said, “Both Iran and Afghanistan are not enemies but friendly countries.”
Later talking to the media, Sartaj Aziz confirmed that, “India has moved International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Kulbhushan Jadhav’s conviction.”
He said, “Pakistan is reviewing India’s plea against Jadhav’s death sentence and jurisdiction of ICJ.” He asserted that, “A statement will be issued in this regard in a couple of days.”
He said, “Both Pakistan and Iran have agreed to constitute a new border management commission in order to address border related issues.”
He said, “Our aim is to further strengthen border mechanisms in such a manner that no security vacuum is created.”
When asked about chances of any meeting between the prime ministers of Pakistan and India at the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, the Adviser said, “It is early to say anything.”
He said, “Pakistan could consider the meeting if interest was shown from the other side.”
“However, the SCO Summit is an important occasion as Pakistan will become permanent member of the organization,” he said. NNI