Musharraf case internal issue of Pakistan: FO

Islamabad: Pakistan Friday said the issue of former President Pervez Musharraf is an internal matter and external world should have no concerns over it.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam‚ in her weekly briefing in Islamabad ‚ said Prince Saud Al Faisal‚ who is scheduled to arrive in Islamabad on a two-day visit next week‚ is part of routine interaction between the two countries.

She said the visit was scheduled during Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s visit to United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.

The spokesperson said the Saudi Foreign Minister will hold important talks with Pakistani leadership on various bilateral‚ regional and international issues during his two-day stay.

She said similarly UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is also in Pakistan on a private visit for hunting.

To a question‚ Tasnim Aslam said Pakistan stance on US drone attacks has not changed. She said drones are unacceptable‚ which violate Pakistan’s sovereignty and integrity.

Regarding relations with India‚ she said Pakistan wants to restore dialogue process with India at the earliest for sustainable engagements. She said a mechanism is already in place for Pak-India dialogue.

The spokesperson said Pakistan will continue to contribute positively in the Afghan peace process.

She expressed the hope that 2014 will prove to be the year of peace and stability in Afghanistan.

To a question regarding US drawdown‚ she said Pakistan will continue its sincere efforts for the success of Afghan reconciliation process and establishing peace in the region.

Answering a question about winding up foreign missions‚ Tasnim Aslam said the Prime Minister had constituted a committee to prepare recommendations for curtailing expenditures of Pakistani mission abroad.

She said on a consensus recommendation of the committee‚ Pakistani missions in Chile and Ireland have been closed besides rationalization in some other foreign missions.

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