ISLAMABAD: Emphasizing the need for peaceful and political solution, Pakistan on Thursday said it had been in contact with Muslim countries, especially Saudi Arabia, for the early solution of Yemen crisis.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam in her weekly briefing said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif visited Saudi Arabia today to consult with the Saudi leadership on Yemen issue.
She said Pakistan, in its bid to solve Yemen crisis, urged the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to take proactive measures for addressing the situation in Yemen.
The Prime Minister was in contact with different Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia for early solution to the Yemen crisis and his latest visit to Saudi Arabia was part of Pakistan’s efforts in this regard, she added.
Welcoming the decision of Saudi Arabia to end the air strikes in Yemen, the spokesperson said Pakistan was encouraged by this decision and hoped that this move will lead to stability and commencement of political process.
She hoped that the efforts, being made for peaceful solution to Yemen, would succeed.
Answering a question, sahe said the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been making efforts for the peaceful solution to the Yemen crisis.
She said Pakistan was also in touch with OIC but it had not asked for any OIC Summit on Yemen crisis.
She said the OIC had announced to convene the meeting of its Foreign Ministers next month which will discuss the issue of Yemen.
Referring to strong bonds of brotherhood between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the spokesperson said Saudi Arabia was a close friend and a true brother which has always stood by Pakistan in difficult times.
She said regular engagements with them on Yemen situation were meant to understand their perspective on the issue.
Replying to a question about recent Chinese President’s visit to Pakistan and signing of agreements between the two countries, she said there was seriousness in Pakistan and China to implement all the agreements.
She said, “We are determined to each and every project signed and their implementation according to the deadlines.”
Replying to a question on media reports in India regarding capturing a Pakistani boat with drugs and narcotics, she said, “Our mission in New Delhi has asked India to provide the details of this incident so that the origin of the boat could be determined.”
The spokesperson said so far, the Indian authorities have not shared any detail about the boat with Pakistan, therefore, it could not react to these media report.
She said, “We have also asked our Director General Maritime to ascertain the facts regarding the incident.”
Commenting on the activities of ISIS inside Afghanistan, the Spokesperson said, “We do not have any concrete evidence of the (ISIS) outfit’s presence in Pakistan but we are alert to the phenomenon.”
The spokesperson said terrorism was a global phenomenon and all the countries should enhance coordination to eradicate the menace.
Commenting on recent incidents of cross-border attacks from Afghan soil, she said there has been increase in terror attacks inside Afghanistan and Pakistan has condemned these attacks.
She said Pakistan and Afghanistan had been holding discussions and consultation to improve border management to fight the threat of terrorism.
She explained that Pakistan has repeatedly assured neighbouring countries that it would not allow its soil to use for terrorism activities and hoped that same attitude from them.
Replying to another question about Pak-Iran relations in the context of terrorism incident near Pakistan’s border, she said both the countries are trying to enhance their political engagements and economic relations.
She said the two countries were cooperating with each other and have adopted new procedures to ensure better border management so that terrorism incident near the border of each country should not occur.
“The terrorists will not be allowed to mar the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Iran,” she added.
Replying to a question about Pakistanis in jails in Saudi Arabia, the spokesperson said Pakistan had provided legal aid to these Pakistanis.
She said Saudi Arabia has very strict laws regarding drug trafficking, therefore, Foreign Office repeatedly informed all those who intend to visit Saudi Arabia to be careful while travelling there and should not carry any such thing prohibited in that country.