ISLAMABAD: Rejecting accusations of Indian media of Pakistan’s involvement in Gurdaspur attack, the Foreign Office on Thursday said pointing fingers without investigation was not a healthy trend.
“Pakistan itself is a victim of terrorism and it is unfortunate that the Indian media started blaming Pakistan while the operation against attackers was still going on,” the Foreign Office Spokesman said in a weekly press briefing here.
Spokesman M. Khalilullah said terrorism was a common enemy for both Pakistan and India and required a cooperative approach rather than a blame game.
He said Pakistan had already issued a statement condemning the Gurdaspur attack in strongest terms.
The Spokesman said Pakistan remained committed to its sovereignty and territorial integrity against any external aggression.
On the agreement reached between Pakistan and India in Ufa, Russia for a future engagement of their officials, the Spokesman said both sides were in contact regarding finalization of dates for a meeting between their National Security Advisors.
“Pakistan remains committed to taking all measures that seek to normalize relations based on mutual respect and a firm commitment to address all outstanding issues through a sustained dialogue process,” he said.
He said Pakistan had issued two statements on violation of ceasefire by India including when a drone was shot down as it entered Pakistan’s airspace.
“We will continue to raise our concerns whenever there is a violation of ceasefire on Line of Control or at Working Boundary,” he said.
He said Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India called off his visit to Indian Punjab and Haryana because the Indian side denied permission to two officers of the Commission and a driver who were accompanying the High Commissioner.
About reports of death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, the Spokesman said the “rumours” of his death had been speculating for a while and Pakistan was checking the veracity of these reports.
He said Pakistan supported an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process, which he said was in the interest of both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
To a question whether the death of Mullah Omar would have implications over the next round of peace meeting between Afghanistan government and Afghan Taliban, the Spokesman said Pakistan was committed to facilitating the peace process and it was up to the two parties to decide about the matter.
The Spokesman did not confirm to a query whether the second round of peace process was being held tomorrow, and said it was up to the Afghans to decide the date and agenda of the next round.
He said Pakistan and Afghanistan were brotherly countries and Pakistan was committed to good relations with Afghanistan.
To a question about Pakistan’s stance at the upcoming UN General Assembly’s session, he said Pakistan had the right to raise concerns over any issue to protect its national interest and would take all steps necessary in this regard.
On Iran’s nuclear deal with P5 countries, the Spokesman said Pakistan had welcomed this development and wanted to maintain good relations with Iran including bilateral and commercial interactions.
The Spokesman condemned the terrorist attack at Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia which took place on July 26, 2015 and resulted in loss of many precious lives including one member of security staff from the Chinese embassy and injured several Somali and other nationals.
He conveyed on behalf of the government and people of Pakistan their heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the government and people of Somalia and China.