Pak will keep self interest paramount in its war on terror obligations: FO

April 3rd, 2009 - 1:39 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban Islamabad, Apr.3 (ANI): While the United States may have announced a revamped strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan in view of the rising threat perception from the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, Islamabad has made it clear that it has its own policies which are in larger interest of the nation.

Addressing a regular press briefing, Foreign Office Spokesman Basit Ali said Pakistan would first defend its own vital interests while dealing with the international community’s efforts to root out terrorism.

“I wish to underscore that Pakistan has its own strategy, policy and priorities that are anchored in our national interests,” The Daily Times quoted Ali, as saying.

Ali said that Pakistan is facing a ’spill-over’ of the Taliban threat from Afghanistan, and urged the international community to stabilise Afghanistan first to ensure peace in Pakistan.

He said countries close to Afghanistan such as China, and Iran should also be involved in joint efforts to overcome all challenges facing the region.

When enquired about the continuous US drone strikes on the tribal areas along the Pak-Afghan border, Ali said the issue would certainly be raised when the US Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke visits the country next week.

“We are looking forward to cooperative engagements with the US. We will also convey to them the concerns and anxieties being expressed by the people of Pakistan over the issue,” he said.

Ali reiterated that the missile hits were a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and are also proving counterproductive in the ‘War on Terror’ because of large number of civilian casualty.

Commenting on Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s statement in which he termed Pakistan as the centre of terrorism, the Foreign Office spokesman said terrorism was not only confined to Pakistan and it has developed into a global threat.

Ali also urged India to resume the bilateral talks to find answers for all the impending issues between both the countries. (ANI)

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