Published On: Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Published in Category: Islamabad

Pakistan condemns drone attack, demands urgent closure (detailed)

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has strongly condemned the US drone attack carried out in North Waziristan on Thursday morning which left four people dead.

The Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam in the weekly briefing on Thursday demanded an end to drone attacks which she declared as violation of international laws and violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“There is an across the board consensus in Pakistan that these drone strikes must end,” the spokesperson said.

Foreign Office spokesperson stated that “It has been consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications. Such strikes also set dangerous precedents in the inter-state relations.”

To a question‚ she said that Pakistan welcomes the statement of the Indian Minister for External Affairs, Salman Khurshid in which he stated problems between the two countries can be resolved through dialogue.

She added that DG MOs meeting was a good move and issues of hot-line and flag meetings across line of control (LoC) were discussed in the meeting.

State minister for trade & commerce would visit India in first week of January to participate in SAARC ministerial meeting, where he would also meet with Indian trade minister.

“Pakistan and India are agreed for free movement on LoC and to combat smuggling,” Tasneem Aslam mentioned.

To a query, FO spokesperson said that decision of International court about Kishanganga dam was not victory for any party as it is a technical matter.

Talking about Pak-US relations, she added that relations between the two states have a larger domain and not bound to American presence in Afghanistan as both countries jointly engaged in economic and energy sectors.

“Both countries have their interests and we are working jointly,” Tasneem Aslam added.
To another query, spokesperson denied to disclose real numbers of Pakistanis detained in India, adding that some detainee have completed their sentence term but still they are in their (Indian’) custody.

Talking about Muslim’ conditions in Burma, FO spokesperson said that Pakistan is in regular contact with Saudi Arabia (SA) on this issue and SA has constituted committee to look into the matter.

To another question‚ the spokesperson said that nuclear cooperation between Pakistan and China is for peaceful purposes and in accordance with the laws of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
She said that Pakistan is building atomic power house with China’s cooperation.

To a question, she said that Pakistan and US discussed cooperation in energy sector during Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s visit to America but no talk took place on civil nuclear cooperation, she added.
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