Published On: Sat, Dec 21st, 2013
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NA Didn’t Interfere In BD Affairs, Says FO (updated)

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has dispelled the impression that National Assembly interfered in Bangladesh’s internal affairs by adopting resolution against the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla.

In her weekly briefing here on Friday‚ Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said whatever happened in Bangladesh was its internal matter, and that National Assembly did not interfere in their affairs.

She said Parliament is a supreme institution and passed resolution with an aim to forget the past and move forward.

She said Pakistan wants Bangladesh to be stable politically as well as internally.

“Bangladesh and Pakistan have a long history and Pakistanis are safe in Bangladesh,” the spokesperson added.

Welcoming the UN General Assembly resolution against drone attacks‚ terming it a big step forward Tasnim Aslam said that the resolution reflects the international public opinion and also speaks of legality and illegality of the use of drones.

She reiterated Pakistan’s position on the drone attacks‚ saying these strikes violate sovereignty of the country and cause collateral damage.

The spokesperson said the next move is to approach the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva against drone attacks.

She said Pakistan will continue to build international opinion against drone attacks.

Regarding reports of stoppage of US aid she said , “We are in contact with the US and as of now there has been no decision regarding stopping aid to Pakistan”.

Replying to a question, Tasnim Aslam said no Pakistani pilgrim was killed in attacks in Iraq.

She said that neither the Iraqi authorities nor the Pakistani Mission have confirmed the reports of the killing of three Pakistani pilgrims.

In reply to another question on the meeting between Director General Military Operations of Pakistan and India‚ she said that Pakistan had proposed the inclusion of civilian officials as well but the suggestion was rejected by India.

On the release of Mullah Baradar‚ the spokesperson said that the release was made at the request of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. She said the move was aimed at facilitating the Afghan peace and reconciliation process.

She said that Pakistan had facilitated meeting between Mullah Baradar and Afghan High Peace Council as Islamabad desires peace‚ stability and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region.

On the visit of Turkish Prime Minister to Pakistan‚ Tasnim Aslam said that the two brotherly countries enjoy close and historic relations. She said that the two countries have convergence of opinion on various issues. She said that a number of MOUs would be signed between the two countries during the visit of the Turkish Prime Minister.
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