FO:(Pakistan reaffirms its commitment to good neighborly relations with Afghanistan: FO)


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reaffirmed its commitment to good neighborly relations with Afghanistan for peace and stability in the region.

At his weekly news briefing here on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesman Qazi Khalilullah said we will continue to support an Afghan led and Afghan owned peace and reconciliation process.

He said a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan is in Pakistan’s best interest. Noninterference in internal affairs of Afghanistan is the key pillar of Pakistan Afghan policy.

He said the two sides are constructively engaged to rebuild mutual trust and understanding. He said Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms. Both Pakistan and Afghanistan are cooperating to counter terrorism.

About the presence of Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nation Maleeha Lodhi in Islamabad, he said she is in the federal capital for routine consultations. Broad range of issues of Pakistan’s interests at the United Nations are being discussed in these consultations.

The spokesman said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to represent Pakistan at the annual session of the UN General Assembly in September. About possible meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of SCO summit in Russia, the spokesman said no side has contacted the other for the meeting.

To a question, he said Pakistan has requested information about facts and contents of the BBC documentary from Britain. We are still awaiting the response of Britain.

About the arrest of defence analyst Zaid Hamid in Saudi Arabia, Qazi Khalilullah said Pakistan embassy has approached the Saudi authorities to confirm the sentence awarded to him. It has also asked for consular access as well as the charges leveled against Zaid Hamid, he added.