Pakistan conducts anti-terror operations without discrimination: FO

22 Jun, 2017 3:05 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria has on Thursday said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with the United States which are longstanding.

Addressing a weekly news briefing in Islamabad, he said that we believe continued cooperation between the two countries is critical for promoting peace and security in the region and beyond, adding that Pakistan is carrying out operations against terrorists without any discrimination.

These operations are driven by the national interests. He said the country will not allow its land used against any other country. He said: “Pakistan’s position on US drone strikes is very clear, adding that these attacks are counterproductive and amount to violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.”

Commenting on the situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir, Nafees Zakariya said Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has written letters to the UN Secretary General, the president of the UNSC and the OIC secretary general to update them about the gross human rights violations in the held valley.

He said the United Nations has a responsibility to resolve this long standing dispute which is on its agenda since long. He said Pakistan always welcomes mediation offers for the resolution of this internationally recognized dispute.

The spokesman said that hundreds of women have also been dishonored, adding that the Indian troops are committing atrocities in the valley without any impunity. “The international community has also raised serious concerns over the situation in occupied Kashmir,” he added.

Zakaria said that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting Islamabad this weekend to discuss matters pertaining to peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan, China and some other countries are cooperating closely for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

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