ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said it does no accept any condition to resume composite dialogue process with India.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam in her weekly briefing here at Foreign Office said, “We do not accept any conditionality on Pak-India dialogue process”.
While commenting on the statement of Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley regarding Pak-India dialogue the Spokesperson said, “Dialogue between Pakistan and India is not a favour from one country to other country.”
She said the dialogue process is necessity for peace and development in South Asia.
The spokesperson said Kashmir is a dispute between Pakistan and India adding that Kashmiris are freedom fighters and their right of freedom had been ensured in UN resolutions so the contention of Indian Minister about Kashmiris is not acceptable.
The spokesperson said All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leaders are not separatists, but freedom fighters who are carrying out their movement from an occupied territory.
Answering a question, she said Pakistan does not want to stop trade between India and Afghanistan through its territory.
She explained that Afghanistan is a landlocked country and Pakistan had given it access to the international waters. She said India can use Karachi Port for the trade purposes with Afghanistan.
She said it is for the Afghan people and the government to take decision from where they want to get aid. She said Pakistan wants that Afghan soil should not be used to destablise Pakistan. She said Pakistan has adopted the policy of non-interference in Afghanistan.
The spokesperson said Pakistan had evacuated 3400 stranded Pakistanis from Libya through 13 special chartered flights and provided transport facility to those who could not travel own their own.
On the issue of death penalties being given to leaders of Jamat-e-Islami in Bangladesh, the spokesperson said it is an internal issue of Bangladesh. She said Pakistan did not want to interfere in the internal issues of any country.
Replying to a question about the report of US Defence Department report, the spokesperson said US ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson was conveyed Pakistan’s sentiments on this report.
She said Pakistan took serious exception to comments contained in the US Department of Defence report sent to the Congress under the title “Progress Towards Security and Stability in Afghanistan”.
The spokesperson said while noting Pakistan’s cooperation with the US in areas of mutual interests, the recently released report also carries unsubstantiated allegations of the existence of terrorist ‘sanctuaries’ or that proxy forces are operating from here against Afghanistan and India.
She said Pakistan’s protest over these unwarranted comments was conveyed by the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz to the US Ambassador Richard Olson at the Foreign Ministry yesterday.
The spokesperson said such allegations are of particular concern at this point when Pakistan government has launched comprehensive operations against militants in North Waziristan. The military operation “Zarb-e-Azb” has been broadly welcomed internationally, including in the US, she added.
She said the operation has successfully eliminated terrorist hideouts and is directed against all militants, without any distinction.
“We therefore hope that the issues will be seen in their correct perspective,” she added.
On the recent situation in Palestine, the spokesperson said Pakistan strongly condemned the closure of Aqsa Mosque and urged the international community to play its due role for the opening of the Mosque and ensure that Palestinians should be given their due rights.