ISLAMABAD: Pakistan rejecting the latest statement of General John Nicholson, Commander of US Forces and NATO in Afghanistan has termed it ‘unnecessary and unacceptable’.
In his weekly press briefing on Thursday, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesman, Nafees Zakaria said that Pakistan wanted to sort out issues with US through dialogue but there is no high level contacts between the two countries following relations between the two countries dipped to lowest ebb after US President allegations against Pakistan in his speech to unveil his administration new policy for Afghanistan and South Asia.
Nafees Zakaria further stated that Pakistan’s foreign policy faced many challenges and it the prevailing circumstances, it is better to ignore the alleged letter of Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit.
He said addressed several issues pertaining to the region and Pakistan’s foreign relations. A conference of envoys under Prime Minsiter Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will be held from Sep 5-7, he informed.
The FO Spokesman said that Afghanistan’s war cannot be fought in Pakistan and the country condemns terrorism incidents in its neighbouring country.
He said that in the occupied Kashmir, Indian forces were carrying out human rights violation. Pakistan is concerned about the Indian forces taking under custody Hurriyat leaders, Zakaria added.
The FO spokesman also expressed concern over hurricane ‘Harvey’ which recently hit Texas and Houston in the US.
He said that Pakistan Consul General is actively involved in relief and rescue activities in the affected areas. Proud of the Pakistani community which is actively participating in relief activities, said Zakaria.
It should be mentioned that Gen John W. Nicholson, the top United States commander in Afghanistan, in his recent statement said that the US was aware of Afghan Taliban leadership’s presence in Peshawar and Quetta, adding that the military would continue to put pressure on Taliban sanctuaries inside and outside Afghanistan.
According to Gen Nicolson, the matter of the alleged sanctuaries for terrorists was being addressed “in private” by the governments of US and Pakistan.