FO: (Normalization of relations between Pakistan-India vital for peace: FO)June 18, 2015
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office has said that normalization of relations between Pakistan and India was vital for peace and development in the region.
At his weekly news briefing here on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah said that Pakistan will welcome any positive step that promote peace and bilateral relations between the two countries.
He said Pakistan on its part is committed to good neighbourly relations with all the regional countries including India. He, however, said there are some serious issues between Pakistan and India which need to be resolved through dialogue process.
When asked whether Pakistan has contacted the international community on the Indian Prime Minister admission of his country’s role in the breakup of Pakistan, the spokesperson said Pakistan will take all appropriate actions necessary to protect its interests.
About the Chinese investment in the country, Qazi Khalilullah said both the countries are committed to China Pakistan economic corridor project.
To a question, the foreign office spokesperson said the ISIS does not have a footprint in Pakistan. Many countries have taken action collectively and individually against the outfit.
He said Pakistan stands committed in the war on terrorism and this role has also been appreciated by the international community.
The spokesperson to a question clarified that Iran has neither shown any concern nor has enforced the condition of polio related restriction for Pakistani visitors including Zaireen. He said the Iranian authorities administer polio drops to Pakistani children at their airports.
When asked about relations with Russia, the spokesperson said Pakistan has embarked upon a policy of constructive engagement with countries in the region and beyond. He said Russia is an important country and we want to enhance relations with it in all fields of mutual interests.
Our relations are on an upward trajectory over the last couple of years. These relations, he said, are independent of any influence from any other country.
Earlier, in his opening statement, the foreign office spokesperson felicitated the armed forces of Pakistan on the completion of one year of operation Zarb-e-Azb.
He said the operation has achieved resounding success in eliminating terrorism. Paying glowing tributes to the martyrs, he expressed profound gratitude to the families whose loved ones laid down their lives while serving the nation and securing its future.
He said the international community is also deeply appreciative of the sacrifices given by the people of Pakistan to make the world a safer place.