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Territorial borders and sovereignty to be protected at all cost: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has emphatically stated that it will not allow violation of its territorial borders and protect sovereignty at all costs.
Responding to the queries of media persons in his weekly briefing in Islamabad Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit said that Pakistan lodged a strong protest with the NATO over the violation of its territory and we have been assured that the ISAF and NATO forces will strictly abide by their mandate and not infringe on the country’s sovereignty.

About today’s attack on a check post in Kurram agency by NATO helicopters, the spokesman said that the concerned authorities are currently investigating the incident and the response will follow as soon as the investigation is completed.

Responding to a question, he reiterated Pakistan’s commitment that it will not allow its territory to be used for terrorism in any part of the world. About Pakistan-India dialogue, Abdul Basit said that Pakistan will continue making efforts to engage with India in a result oriented and sustained dialogue process. He said Pakistan is not attaching any pre conditions to the dialogue but it is also not interested in photo sessions. He said our point is very clear that all issues need to be discussed and resolved through a meaningful engagement.

He hoped that New Delhi will also get ready to discuss all the issues particularly the outstanding Jammu and Kashmir dispute that is the root cause of problems between the two countries. Expressing surprise over the recent remarks of Indian external affairs minister on Pakistan , the foreign office spokesman said that Pakistan is facing domestic problems so as is India but it does not mean that we do not raise voice against grave human rights violations taking place in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said we seek resolution of the longstanding Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people and the UN resolutions. He, however regretted that that New Delhi is not ready to dispense with its illegal and amoral position on Kashmir.-SANA

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