FO Preparations afoot to raise drone issue at UN,FO

September 12, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Islamabad: Pakistan has started preparations to raise the issue of drone attacks at the United Nations in accordance with the recommendation of the recently held all parties conference.

This was stated by Foreign Office Spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry at the weekly briefing in Islamabad today [Thursday].He said necessary directives have been issued to the Pakistani missions in New York and Geneva.

The spokesman rejected any agreement with the United States on the use of drone attacks and said these violate our territorial sovereignty and integrity.

He adds drone strikes are counterproductive against the forces of terrorism and extremism. He said the international community has also supported Pakistan’s stance on drone attacks.

He said Pakistan has decided in principle to release prominent Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Baradar at an appropriate time.

He said Islamabad has so far released thirty-three Taliban detainees including seven in recent days with the objective to contribute to Afghan reconciliation process.

He said the purpose is to allow these elements to join the mainstream reconciliation process. He said Pakistan believes that the Afghan reconciliation process will succeed only if all the stakeholders are able to participate in it.

The spokesman said Pakistan government‚ the concerned authorities in Afghanistan and the United States are in touch with one another on the release of Taliban prisoners.

Responding to a question‚ the spokesman said Pakistan will not interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan and extend all out support and assistance for the success of reconciliation process there. He said we support a political solution that is Afghan owned and Afghan led.

On Pakistan-India relations‚ the spokesperson said Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz will hold talks with Indian external affairs minister Salman Khurshid in Kyrgyzstan tomorrow on the sideline of Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting. Both the leaders will discuss bilateral relations.

About the proposed meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh in New York‚ the spokesman said both the governments are in touch to work out the date. This meeting will provide an excellent opportunity to the two sides to discuss matters of mutual interests.

The spokesman said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is also undertaking a three-day visit to Turkey from Monday. During his stay‚ the prime minister will hold talks with the Turkish leadership on promotion of relations in diverse fields including economy‚ trade‚ energy and investment.

Expressing concerns over loss of innocent lives in Syria‚ he said Pakistan demands an all inclusive political dialogue to find solution of the matter. He said any action against Syria should be in accordance with the UN charter and principles.

He said Pakistan is also distressed over the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria. He said these weapons should not be used by any party under any circumstances.

He said our embassy in Syria is fully functional and has prepared a contingency plan to evacuate Pakistanis in case of any attack.

Responding to question‚ the spokesperson said Pakistan will not interfere in the internal matters of Afghanistan and extend all out support and assistance for the success of reconciliation process there. He said we support a political solution that is Afghan owned and Afghan led.

When asked about drone attacks‚ Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said Islamabad has started preparations to raise the issue at the United Nations. In this regard‚ necessary directives have been issued to missions in New York and Geneva.

Rejecting any agreement with the US on the use of drone attacks‚ he said these violate our territorial sovereignty and integrity and are counterproductive against the forces of terrorism and extremism. He said the international community has also supported Pakistan’s stance on drone attacks.

Referring to the situation in Syria‚ the spokesman said Pakistan has called for an inclusive political dialogue to find solution of the matter. He said any action against Syria should be in accordance with the UN charter and principles.