Pakistan Thursday said it wants good relations with the international community including the United States but cannot compromise on its national sovereignty and integrity.
Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit in his weekly briefing said on Thursday, “Pakistan wants good relations with the United States based on mutual respect and dignity” adding that there will be no compromise on national integrity and sovereignty.
He however said, Pak-US relations remained tense and experienced ups and down during the current year due to some incidents including Raymond Davis, Abbottabad and the Salala check post attack of November 26.
Refuting the impression that Pakistan and United States are not on talking terms, the spokesman said, “We are on speaking terms with US and trying to put our relations back on track.”
The spokesman said Parliamentary Committee on National Security is reviewing Pak-US relations and Prime Minister Gilani has said that its recommendations would be presented to joint session of the parliament for final approval on the issue of revisiting the relations with United States.
Replying to a question about death of Pakistanis in East Java Sea, Indonesia when a ship carrying 250 people sunk there on December 18, the spokesman said efforts are being made for identification of the dead bodies but it is very difficult because the bodies have decomposed.
He said he spoke to Sanaullah, Pakistan’s ambassador in Indonesia who has been working hard by keeping in touch with officials of the Indonesian government on this issue.
He said some of the Pakistanis who survived in this incident did not want to come back while two young men are interested to come back and Pakistan’s embassy is making arrangements.