ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Friday welcoming the adoption of a resolution by the General Assembly of the United Nations said it reflects the international public opinion and also speaks of legality and illegality of the use of drones.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam, in her weekly briefing at Foreign Office here Friday, reiterated Pakistan’s position on the drone attacks that these strikes violate sovereignty of the country and cause collateral damage.
The spokesperson said the next move by Pakistan will be to approach the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva against drone attacks and make efforts for adoption of similar resolution there.
She said that Pakistan will continue to build international opinion against drone attacks.
The spokesperson said the adoption of the resolution by the General Assembly of the United Nations indicate that public opinion against the drone attacks is increasing.
Commenting on the adoption of resolution by the General Assembly of the UN condemning drone attacks, the Spokesperson said it is due to the protest raised by Pakistan, international community and human right organizations against the drones.
She said this resolution could not be compared with other resolutions of the Security Council as there is no institutional mechanism for implementing this resolution. However she clarified that only the resolution adopted by five permanent members of the Security Council of the United Nations had the implementing mechanism.
The spokesperson said the situation at Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir is under control and the Director General Military Operations from both the sides will meet on December 24.
She said it was the proposal by Pakistan that the representatives of the Foreign Office of the two countries should be included in the meeting of DGMOs to make it broad-base but India did not accept this proposal.
Replying to another question, she said that Pakistan is still committed to the completion of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project but due to financial constraints, Pakistan is facing problem to get the finance for the project. Pakistan is looking into different
options, she added.
Answering a question, the spokesperson admitted that Pak-US meeting held on some subject out of five topics in connection with strategic dialogue process which was resumed following the visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Pakistan.
She said energy, defence and security groups have held their meetings while counter terrorism and finance groups will meet very soon and after the completion of the meetings these five groups, the ministerial level meeting of the two countries will be held.
About Pak-US relations, the spokesperson said, strategic dialogue between the two countries was resumed after the Salala incident and both the countries looking forward to find the
solutions of issues through dialogue.
On the situation in Bangladesh, the spokesperson said that Pakistan and Bangladesh have long history of brotherhood even before 1947 and both the countries remained together till 1971.
She said that Pakistani parliament has adopted a resolution on the situation in Bangladesh. She said the resolution of parliament is not meant to interfere in the internal affairs of Bangladesh.
She expressed the hope that Bangladesh should give due respect to the tripartite 1974 agreement, signed by Pakistan, India and Bangladesh and forget the past and look towards future.
She confirmed that Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh was summoned to the Bangladesh Foreign Office.
The spokesperson said that Bangladesh should adopt the policy of reconciliation in accordance with 1974 tripartite agreement to ensure peace, security and progress in the region.
Replying to a question about discussions with Taliban leaders Mullah Baradar with the delegation of Afghan High Peace Council, the spokesperson said that Pakistan released Mullah Baradar on the request of Afghan President Hamid Karzai so that he could participate in the reconciliation process.
She said that Pakistan just facilitate the meeting and it had no details of the meeting. She however said that Pakistan wants to do whatever it can, to promote peace process in Afghanistan through reconciliation process. Pakistan wants peace, security and progress in Afghanistan as it is also in the interest of Pakistan, she added.
Replying to a question about Pakistani prisoners in Saudi Arabia, the spokesperson said a large number of Pakistanis were regularized with the efforts of Pakistani embassy. She said there are few Pakistanis remained in different remote areas but Pakistani embassy is still trying to help them in legalizing their status.
Replying to a query about new legislation in U.S. Congress regarding linking Pakistan’s assistance with the supply of NATO, the spokesperson said that Pakistan has not been contacted in this regard as it is internal matter of the United States.
She however said due to enormous sacrifices and material loss of Pakistan, there is no need to judge Pakistan’s sincerity in the fight against terrorism.
To a question about the forthcoming visit of Turkish Prime Minister in this month, she said that Pakistan and Turkey have very close relations in all fields especially in the economic sector.
She said a number of agreements and MoUs are being finalized by the representatives of two countries which will be signed during the visit of Turkish Prime Minister to Pakistan.