ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday clarified that unlike the perception, most of the children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA have been given anti-polio vaccine to protect them from polio.
Addressing weekly press briefing here, Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said federal and provincial governments are determined to eradicating polio from the country.
She said Pakistan was giving priority to immunize children against polio as it related Pakistan’s future.
She said Pakistan is well-aware of World Health Organization’s concerns and recently in her visit to Pakistan, the head of WHO held very constructive meetings regarding the issue.
The Spokesperson said despite the security concerns, WHO was keen to help Pakistan in overcoming the problem.
She said a decree issued at a conference in Jeddah, attended by Ulema from across the world, declared Polio vaccine as Halal and legitimate.
She said polio vaccine, being used in Pakistan, is procured from Indonesia, a Muslim country.
Replying to a question, she said after GSP Plus status, there have been positive trends about the trade relations with European Union.
Regarding EU Ambassador’s comments, Tasnim Aslam said Pakistan expects from diplomatic community including him, to abide by the norms of internationally recognized diplomatic behavior, and not to comment on internal matters of Pakistan.
The Spokesperson said Pakistan is implementing 27 international conventions to inculcate a culture of respect for human rights.
Regarding Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, Tasnim Aslam refuted the impression that Pakistan is not serious about the project. She said Iran is well-aware of Pakistan’s stance.
On the question of deportation of some Pakistanis from United Kingdom, she said Pakistan and European Union signed the Readmission Agreement, under which Pakistan is ready to accept illegal Pakistanis residing in EU and UK.
Regarding the expected meeting of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Barack Obama on the sidelines of International Security Summit being held in The Hague this month, the Spokesperson said no formal meetings have been scheduled bilaterally so far.
Replying to a question on Afghan presidential elections, Tasnim Aslam said it is Afghan government’s decision not to allow their refugees residing in Pakistan to participate in the elections.
She said if Afghan government had requested, the Pakistan would have extended all possible cooperation for polling in Pakistan.
She said certain timelines were agreed between Pakistan and India on the sidelines of SAARC Business Conclave about granting NDMA status and the two sides will exchange status when the commitments are honored.
Replying to a question about Director General IAEA’s visit to Pakistan, the Spokesperson said Yukiya Amano has expressed complete confidence in the safety and security of nuclear installations of Pakistan.
She said the Director General IAEA visited Chashma nuclear power plant on Wednesday and was impressed with in place security measures. She said Pakistan has long-standing cooperation with IAEA in the field of safety and its all nuclear facilities are under IAEA safeguards.
The Spokesperson said Pakistan will endeavor to strengthen its ties with all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in all the fields particularly in trade and energy.
She said on the issue emerged between two countries of GCC, is their internal matter.
Earlier, Tasnim Aslam informed that Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz met UK’s International Development Secretary Justine Greening, Home Secretary Theresa May and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond during his visit to London to review Enhanced Strategic Dialogue.
She said Secretary Greening appreciated the concrete steps taken by the present Pakistan government in the areas of tax collection and economic reforms.
Tasnim Aslam said UK Secretary Theresa May lauded Pakistan’s new internal security policy and offered her country’s support for its timely and effective implementation.
She said Sartaj Aziz and Defence Secretary Hammond discussed post-NATO withdrawal scenario in Afghanistan and its implications for the region besides Pakistan-UK defense cooperation.
She said the two sides expressed satisfaction over cooperation under the framework of Enhanced Strategic Dialogue and hoped that the targets set under the framework, would be achieved within the given time-frame.