Dr Faisal denies presence of Daesh and Taliban leadership in Pakistan
Says we have conveyed to US that actionable intelligence sharing can help in advancing shared goals of defeating terror from region
ISLAMABAD, Jan 11 (SABAH): Pakistan says the recent terrorist attack in Quetta has been traced back to Afghanistan.
At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal stated this reinforces our stance that the terrorist safe havens in Afghanistan are being used for attacks on Pakistani territory. He said these attacks must stop.
The spokesperson denied the presence of Daesh and Taliban leadership in Pakistan.
Responding to a question, the foreign office spokesperson said that both Pakistan and the United States continue to communication with each other on various issues of mutual interests at different levels.
He pointed out that Pakistan has been facilitating the US led mission in Afghanistan through air and ground lines of communication for the last sixteen years. Pakistan’s support to the US has been critical in dealing with the challenges of terrorism in the region. Both sides, he said, understand the importance of lines of communication.
He said our cooperation also helped to secure the region and decimate Al-Qaeda. This, he said, has also been acknowledged by the US leadership. We have conveyed to the US that actionable intelligence sharing can help in advancing the shared goals of defeating terror from the region.
The spokesperson reminded that Pakistan has fought the war on terror largely from its own resources which cost it 120 billion dollars over the last fifteen years. He said the break up of this amount will be made public.
He said Pakistan is determined to continue to work towards securing the lives of its people and ensuring broader stability in the region. Nevertheless, he said working towards enduring peace requires mutual respect and trust along with perseverance.
He said arbitrary deadlines, unilateral pronouncements and shifting goalposts are counterproductive in addressing the common threat.
To a question, Dr Muhammad Faisal stated that Pakistan desires dignified and sustainable repatriation of Afghan refugees to their homeland. He said responsibility rests with the international community to create pull factor in Afghanistan for the return of these refugees.
Responding to a question, the spokesperson said that Pakistan desires to resolve all outstanding disputes with India including that of Jammu and Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek through dialogue. He said dialogue can only be held if the other side is also ready for the same.
Voicing concerns over the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir, the spokesperson said that India needs to accept the reality that it cannot silence the Kashmiri freedom movement through the use of force. He said the world community must impress upon India to end violence in the occupied territory and resolve the lingering dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions.
To a question, the spokesperson said that a two day meeting of Pak-Saudi ministerial commission will begin in Islamabad on 16th of this month. The agenda of the meeting is exploring ways and means to expand economic and trade relations.