“We are waiting how to move forward after the meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Paris,” said the Foreign Office Spokesman Qazi Khalilullah at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad.
Foreign office spokesman said two-day Heart of Asia Conference would begin in Islamabad from Tuesday and theme of the Conference is ‘Istanbul Process – enhanced cooperation in countering security threat and promoting connectivity in the heart of Asia’.
He said according to the programme, the conference would be inaugurated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He said confirmation of the Afghan president’s visit to Pakistan is awaited. He said so far foreign ministers of China, Tajikistan, Iran and Afghanistan have confirmed their participation from the participating countries. Other confirmation list is being updated on daily basis.
He said agenda of the Heart of Asia Conference is aimed at cementing regional ties. It also aimed at expanding cooperation among Afghanistan and regional partners in countering terrorism and elimination of poverty and extremism.
Answering a question, the spokesman said Daesh is a terrorist organization and added there are no footprints of it in Pakistan. He said Pakistan is committed to root out terrorism from the country and in this connection operation Zarb-e-Azb is going on successfully. He said Pakistan is also cooperating at international level to eliminate terrorism by intelligence sharing. He said Pakistan is in favour of coordinated action against terrorists and not in favour of joint action.
He strongly condemned terrorists incident in Tunisia on 24th of last month in which fourteen precious lives of security personnel were lost. He also sympathised with the bereaved families.
To a question regarding statement of Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan, the spokesman said it is against diplomatic norms for an ambassador to try to undermine relations of his host country with a third country. He expected all regional countries to support efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
Replying to a question, he said there are 2, 308 Pakistanis serving sentences in jails in Saudi Arabia. He also said that over 2300 Pakistanis are awaiting deportation in various detention centres in Saudi Arabia. He said these people involved in Umra and Hajj visa violations.