ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said trilateral summit of Pakistan-Afghanistan-Turkey being held in Ankara will help to maintain peace and stability in Afghanistan and region.
Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam in her weekly press briefing here said pakistan always supported peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. She said peace in Afghanistan will also have good impact on Pakistan.
She said Pakistan-Afghanistan-Turkey Trilateral Summit is being organised at a time when transition is going to take place in Afghanistan.
The spokesperson said the trilateral summit is also important as Presidential elections will be held in Afghanistan this year and withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan will also take place.
The spokesperson said the forum provides good opportunity to the member countries to resolve and discuss different issues.
The spokesperson said Pakistan wants that Afghanistan’s soil should not be used against Pakistan.
Replying to a question, the spokesperson rejected the baseless propaganda against Pakistan’s nuclear assets and installations as Pakistan has very strong, robust and effective security system.
She said Pakistan has been dealing with nuclear technology for the last 40 years both the civil nuclear programme meant for energy and nuclear weapon programme which is declared and known to the world.
Answering another Question, the spokesperson said authorities on both side of Kashmir have decided to resume trade across line of control for the benefit of Kashmiri people living there.
She said that an important meeting of Working Group for across LoC trade will meet in New Delhi in this month to further streamline LoC trade.
She said with meeting “we hope that both Pakistan and India will be able to find out some arrangements to improve across LoC trade in future.”
Answering a question about Pakistani student Shahzeb hospitalised in America, she said his family has to decide either his treatment has to be continued in USA or Pakistan.
She said Foreign office, Pakistan’s embassy and US State Department have ensured full help and cooperation to Shahzeb and his family members.
Replying to a question, the spokesperson said due change in the work visa policy by Saudi Government, 900,000 Pakistanis were regularised.
She said about 4000 Pakistanis had been arrested who did not approach Pakistan embassy.
She said foreign office, Pakistan’s embassy and Consulate in Saudi Arabia are making sincere efforts for the release of these Pakistanis.
She said Pakistan’s High Commission in Malaysia is also in touch with those Pakistanis who have been detained there for visa violations.