Pakistan has conveyed a strong message to United States: Sources

Pakistan has conveyed a strong message to United States: Sources

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has conveyed strong reservations to United States over unwarranted statement made by Mike Pompeo in India, sources have revealed.

The Foreign Office has strongly rejected the recent joint Indo-US statement as unwarranted, asking Pakistan not to allow its territory to be used against other countries as well as bringing to justice the perpetrators of Mumbai and other cross-border attacks.

The joint statement was issued after the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence James Mattis to New Delhi.

Pompeo also visited Islamabad where he had discussed the possibility of resetting the troubled ties with the new government in Islamabad.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told the news conference that discussions, contrary to speculations, went positive and also claimed that there was no emphasis on doing more.

However, the joint Indo-US statement suggested otherwise.

Asked to comment on the development, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal told a news conference that Pakistan had taken ‘strong exception to the unwarranted references against Pakistan”.

“Pakistan rejects these baseless allegations. Accordingly, we have conveyed our position to the US side,” Faisal said.

“The ministry is of the view that mentioning of a third country with unsubstantiated accusations in a formal outcome document is inconsistent with the established diplomatic norms,” he added.

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