ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson said that both Pakistan and the United States (US) continue to communicate with each other on various issues of mutual interests at different levels.
He pointed out that Pakistan has been facilitating the US-led mission in Afghanistan through air and ground lines of communication for the last sixteen years.
The FO spokesperson said Pakistan’s support to the US has been critical in dealing with the challenges of terrorism in the region.
He said Pakistan’s cooperation also helped to secure the region and decimate Al-Qaeda which has also been acknowledged by the US leadership.
He said that Pakistan has conveyed to the US that actionable intelligence sharing can help in advancing the shared goals of defeating terror from the region.
The spokesperson reminded that Pakistan has fought the war on terror largely from its own resources which cost it 120 billion dollars over the last fifteen years.
He said arbitrary deadlines, unilateral pronouncements and shifting goalposts are counterproductive in addressing the common threat.
Responding to a question, Muhammad Faisal stated that Pakistan desires dignified and sustainable repatriation of Afghan refugees to their homeland.
He also said that Pakistan desires to resolve all outstanding disputes with India including Jammu and Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek through dialogue. He said dialogue can only be held if the other side is also ready for the same.
Voicing concerns over the Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir, the spokesperson said that India needs to accept the reality that it cannot silence the Kashmiri freedom movement through the use of force.