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Foreign Office Weekly Briefing


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

09th Jan, 2020. 04:23 pm
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Pakistan Rejects Indian Army Chief’s allegations, hurling threats

Foreign Office Spokesperson says Pakistan does not want tension and will continue to play its role in establishment of peace and stability in the region.

Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui, in her weekly press briefing, said Pakistan enjoys cordial relations with all the countries including Iran and Afghanistan.

Foreign Office on Trump

The spokesperson said U.S President Donald Trump’s address to his nation carried a hint of peace.

“We believe there is an indication by President Donald Trump that peace must be given a chance,” she said

Pakistan was evaluating the contours of his speech. She added

Spokesperson Farooqi said there always a room for engagement within the region and beyond, saying the upcoming visits of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to Saudi Arabia, Iran and United States on direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan aimed at delivering a message of peace.

“War is in no one’s interest and the region cannot afford any more conflict.

The collective wisdom demands that all must play their role towards peace, which Pakistan is certainly doing at the moment,” she said.

The spokesperson said since the developments of January 3, Pakistan reached out and contributed towards a collective objective of peace.

“Pakistan has consistently emphasized the importance of restraint and diffusion of tensions. Pakistan will not be part of any conflict in the region and will always be partner to peace,” she added.

She said: “Interactions between Pakistan and the U.S. take place at several levels and through several channels as the focus remains to build a stronger relationship”.

She said Foreign Minister Qureshi during all his interactions with counterparts emphasized that the situation must not affect peace process in Afghanistan.

Furthermore Ayesha Farooqui said Ministry of Defence in better position to inform about the number of military trainees.

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The spokesperson confirmed that Prime Minister Imran Khan would pay a visit to Malaysia in near future

Moreover She stressed that “Pakistan remained engaged closely with the brotherly country”.

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She said Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan would visit Pakistan in February.

Although the dates being finalized.

However Spokesperson said Pakistan expected the exercise to be “open and transparent”

Allowing free interaction of diplomats with local Kashmiris and also the Hurriyat leaders.

Kashmir

She mentioned India unleashed new reign of terror in Jammu and Kashmir making the valley a ‘largest open air prison on earth’.

The spokesperson strongly rejected ‘speculative’ media reports portraying Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood as lacking capability to handle important challenges.

“I have to make a strong statement on this.”

The current Foreign Secretary is one of the ablest.

He is well-trained and an acclaimed diplomat serving the country for last three decades.”

Moreover “He has efficiently performed important tasks since he took charge,” she said.

 

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