ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Tuesday Pakistan’s airspace was safe and secure, and as far as disappearance of Malaysian missing passenger plane was concerned, no unusual activity was witnessed on the air traffic control system.
Talking to media persons after attending Readers Club inauguration ceremony here at National Book Foundation, he said all the data of Pakistan’s air traffic control system was available and nothing was being hidden.
He said the missing Malaysian airliner was a 747 plane, which could land only at Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore airports.
“It was not a balloon, which someone can put in his pocket and disappear, it was a big plane with over 300 passengers on board,” he said, adding that the Western media reports were speculative.
About the high level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and attended by four chief ministers, he said the provinces had to play an important role in the implementation of internal security policy, which was presented in the Parliament.
The chief ministers were called to attend the meeting as both the federal and provincial governments had to work jointly for making the country peaceful.
He said the meeting reviewed the national security and discussed enhanced coordination between the Center and provinces for eradication of terrorism.
To a question about his meeting with a senior JUI-F leader, he said the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl was a coalition partner of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and such meetings were a routine matter.
He said improvement of Pakistani currency would definitely impact positively on the budget of a common man.
To another question, he said the government committee would discuss the Taliban demands and would make the response of government public in due course of time.
About the grant of most favoured nation (MFN) status to India, the minister said the previous PPP government had signed some agreements with India and the present government would only implement them as an obligation.
He made it clear that no new agreement was being signed with India to grant it MFN status.