Foreign Office weekly briefing held

Foreign Office weekly briefing held

ISLAMABAD: (APP) Foreign Office weekly briefing held


Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakariya on Thursday said Pakistan and the United States have strong collaboration in counter-terrorism.


Responding to a question at a weekly media briefing here, the spokesman said terrorism was a global issue and it should not be left on one country.


He expressed the hope that the international community, especially the United States will continue its cooperation with Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.


Nafees Zakariya said Pakistan needs F-16 fighter jets, which will certainly enhance its capacity to eliminate the scourge of terrorism from the country.


Responding to another question, he said Pakistan was ready for holding talks with India when the latter desired.


The spokesman said dialogue was the best option to move forward in line with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's vision of having friendly relations with all the neighboring countries, including India.


He said Pakistan would like to engage in a durable, sustained, and result oriented dialogue with India where all the issues of concerns from both sides are addressed amicably.


Answering another question, he said Islamabad has decided to implement measures at Torkham to effectively manage the border and to monitor illegal border crossing.


He said due to differences over the measures to regulate the movements across the border, it has been temporarily closed.


He, however, added that both the sides were in contact through military to military channels to address this issue.


He said the entire international community, including the countries of Quadrilateral Contact Group (QCG), comprising Pakistan, Afghanistan, the United States, and China, was trying to bring peace in Afghanistan.


Responding to a query about the hanging of Jamaat-e-Islami leader in Bangladesh, Motiur Rehman, the Spokesman said it was not an internal matter of Bangladesh.


He said it was a flawed trial pertaining to the events took place before December 1971 and people like Motiur Rehman were being implicated for upholding the laws of Pakistan.


He said the Acting High Commissioner of Bangladesh was also summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to register Pakistan's concerns over the matter.


Answering a question, he said Saudi Bin Laden Company has paid dues of 10,000 Pakistani workers and it has also agreed to facilitate Pakistani workers to transfer them to any new employer.