Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Online) – Pakistan has made it clear that it wanted to hold talks with India on all issues including Kashmir, which it said will remain on top of agenda in future talks.


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Foreign Office (FO) Spokesman Qazi Khalil Ullah said this during a weekly press briefing here on Thursday.

“We want to go for dialogue with India on all issues without any pre-conditions. But whenever Pakistan holds talks with India, the Kashmir issue will be on top of the agenda.”

“Holding talks with India without Kashmir is of no use. Kashmir is a disputed territory and we want this to be resolved in line with the UN resolutions and as per wishes Kashmiri people.”

He added that Pakistan keeps on holding talks with India from time to time on releasing Pakistani fishermen and such talks will continue in future.

Condemning the killing of journalists in Karachi, he said the murder of any Pakistani was condemnable. “We are endeavouring to restore peace in the city through the National Action Plan. Media’s role and significance in this regard cannot be overlooked.

“We have heartfelt sympathies with families of the journalists who have been killed.

Several projects are being launched in Gwadar under the Pakistan China Economic Corridor (PCEC) project and its completion will not only the people of the two countries but also the whole region.”

He said action was being taken against all terrorist groups under Operation Zarb-e-Azb .

“Pakistan is continuing its cooperation with Afghanistan in operation against militants. Both the countries can together eliminate terrorism.”

Responding to a question, the FO spokesman ruled out the presence of Daesh in Pakistan and said merely the media reports could not be relied upon.

He denied that Pakistani High Commissioner to the UK was being changed.

“It will be premature to say anything unless a new Pakistan High Commissioner is appointed.”