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Pakistan

Web Desk
October 23, 2019

FO says Pakistan will attend Afghan peace talks in Russia

Pakistan

Web Desk
Wed, Oct 23, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will attend the upcoming Afghan peace talks in Moscow, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said on Wednesday.

Addressing a weekly briefing, Dr Faisal said Pakistan will attend the talks and it will be represented by additional Secretary for Afghanistan and the West Asia.

“Pakistan had participated in the first round of four party talks in Beijing in July this year,” he said. “Pakistan has been part of all efforts and processes to facilitate the peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan.”

“We [Pakistan] will continue its efforts as part of shared responsibility to make international peace efforts successful in Afghanistan,” the spokesperson added.

Speaking about the Kartarpur agreement between Pakistan and India, Dr Faisal said, Islamabad and New Delhi are likely to sign agreement pertaining to the opening of Kartarpur Corridor on Thursday.

“It is our effort to get the agreement signed tomorrow,” he said.

The spokesperson said a mechanism has been evolved for the visits of Yatrees to Gurdawara Darbar Sahib. “The Yatrees will come in the morning and go back in the evening. Full details of the Kartarpur operationalisation agreement will be shared after its signing,” he added.

Dr Faisal further said each visiting Yatrees will have to pay $20 service charges.

Alluding to the tension with India, the spokesperson said, “We have noticed that anti-Pakistan tirade of BJP leadership is continuing as the electoral process in the Indian states of Haryana and Marharstara advances.”

“Pakistan categorically rejects the Indian allegations and threats as well as distortion of history and facts,” he asserted.

The spokesperson once again strongly rejected the claims of Indian Army Chief about the so called launchpads targeted by India along the Line of Control (LoC). He called upon the P-5 countries to ask India to provide information about the so called alleged launchpads.

On the subject of the visit of diplomatic corps to LoC, Dr Faisal said Pakistan had requested the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to share the details of the alleged locations to back their allegations. “No response has so far been received from the Indian High Commission,” he shared.

The spokesperson said Pakistan does not harbor aggressive designs but our armed forces and the people remain ready to defend the country against any act of aggression.

“Pakistan's position on festering Kashmir is very clear and unchanged. The resolution of this dispute lies in the aspirations of Kashmiri people as per the UN Security Council resolutions,” he said.

Responding to a question about Malaysian President Mahathir Mohamed stance on Kashmir dispute, the spokesperson said Pakistan was proud of its Malaysian brothers and sisters.

When asked about Indian water aggression, the spokesperson said Pakistan will fight its case at an appropriate forum its rights under the Indus Water Treaty were challenged.