FO: (FO rules out presence of Daish in Pakistan)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has strongly rejected allegations that its government had prior knowledge of US operation of May 2, 2011 against Osama Bin Laden.

At his weekly news briefing here on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Qazi Khalil Ullah said the accusations made by the US journalist Seymour Hersh about Pakistan are totally baseless.

He said Pakistan’s commitment towards eliminating terrorism remains firm. It has rendered enormous sacrifices in the fight against terrorism. He said the ongoing military operation against terrorism is a clear manifestation of our determination to root out terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

When asked about Indian intelligence agency RAW using Afghan soil against Pakistan, the spokesperson said Pakistan-Afghanistan bilateral relations stipulates in clear terms that we will not allow our territory used against each other.

He said Pakistan has conveyed concerns to the Afghan side that RAW should not use their territory to create instability in Pakistan. On the reconciliation process in Afghanistan, the spokesperson said Pakistan supports an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process for peace and stability in the entire region.

When asked to comment on reports that the Indian prime minister wants to use cricket diplomacy to improve relations with Pakistan, Qazi Khalil Ullah said Pakistan welcomes the positive statements coming from India.

He noted the cricket matches between the two countries have always brought the peoples of two countries close to each other. It is our desire to play the cricket series against India.

About presence of Daish in Pakistan, the spokesperson said the terror outfit has no footprints in Pakistan but our security forces are alert to meet any threat.

To a question about Saudi-Yemeni conflict, the spokesperson said Pakistan has welcomed the Saudi decision of ceasefire and announced humanitarian assistance for the brotherly people of Yemen.

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