Durable peace in region linked to resolve all issues between Pakistan and India: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday reiterated that durable peace in the region is linked to resolution of all issues and disputes between Pakistan and India including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam in her weekly briefing here Thursday said that the two countries have a framework to discuss the issues and dispute comprising eight point agenda but the process stands disrupted for the last three years.

She said Pakistan looks forward to resumption of the dialogue process with India for the sake of regional peace and in order to allow the two countries to focus on economic development.

Replying to a question, the spokesperson said Pakistan is a recognized and legitimate party to Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

Commenting on the relations Pakistan will have with India if Narendra Modi wins elections, the spokesperson said, “We deal with countries and it is for the people of India to elect whoever they deem fit.”

Referring to the comments of an Afghan official about talks with Taliban, the spokesperson said talks with TTP are internal matter of Pakistan and nobody has the right to interfere in the internal affairs. She pointed out that Afghan Government itself is keen to talk with the Taliban.

The spokesperson while welcoming the successful conduct of elections in Afghanistan said the continuation of democracy is vital for peace and stability in the region.

She said Pakistan extended consistent support for security and successfull conduct of Afghanistan elections and took a number of measures to reinforce existing security arrangements.

Highlighting the measures taken by Pakistan with reference to Afghan elections, she said, these included enhanced vigilance and security along entire length of Pak-Afghan border; sealing of all the crossing points, deployment of additional troops, aerial surveillance, and enhanced communication through Border Coordination Centres.

She said at the request of Afghan Government, border crossing points at Torkham and Chaman were kept open to enable eligible Afghan voters in Pakistan to go to Afghanistan to use their right of vote.

The spokesperson said Pakistan will work with the next Afghan Government and try to give further impetus to bilateral relations in all fields.

Replying to a question about the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Iran, the spokesperson said that dates of the visit are being finalized and it is likely to take place in the first half of the current year.

The spokesperson said meeting of Pakistan-US working group on law enforcement and counter-terrorism would take place very soon.

Replying to a question she said that Pakistan-Russian Federation relations are on a very positive trajectory for sometime now.

She said a high level committee has been constituted to sort out issues relating to trade and economic cooperation between Pakistan and Russian Federation and once this is done, the relations with Russia would see a great leap forward.

Source: APP