ISLAMABAD, Nov 10 (APP): Pakistan Thursday said as the country maintained a good and comprehensive relationship with the United States for the last several decades, it looked forward to work with the new US leadership for mutual benefit.
“Our comprehensive relations date back to several decades. It will remain our endeavor to further strengthen these relations, and we look forward to work with new leadership in US for mutual benefit,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria told a weekly press briefing here.
He said that Pakistani leadership has also congratulated President-elect Donald Trump over his victory in the US elections, adding, continued Pak-US cooperation was essential to fight terrorism as well as for regional peace.
Nafees Zakaria said that Pakistan and the United States, who enjoyed close relations with convergence of views on various regional and international matters were also engaged in a strategic dialogue for enhanced cooperation in diverse areas.
To a question, he said, the United States considered Pakistan as its important partner with the two having relations on bilateral, regional and international fronts.
The Foreign Office Spokesperson also expressed Pakistan’s serious concern over the continued human rights violations by the Indian occupied forces in the Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) and said over one million innocent Kashmiris have lost their lives in IoK since 1947.
“We salute the courage of Kashmiris,” he said and added that Pakistan would continue to extend its moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris, who were fighting for their just right of self-determination.
The Foreign Office Spokesperson also expressed Pakistan’s condemnation over the continued detention of Kashmiri leadership in IoK.
To another question, Nafees Zakaria said that Pakistan would continue to raise the issue of Kashmir bilaterally as well as at all regional and international fora till the just resolution of this dispute in accordance with UN resolutions and the aspirations of Kashmiri people.
In response to a question about India’s involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan, particularly in Balochistan, he said, Pakistan has already given briefing to the UN Secretary General and the OIC member countries and would present more dossiers in this respect.
About the investigations into 2007 Samjhota Express incident, the Foreign Office Spokesperson said that India on this issue has not so far fulfilled its commitments, made at the highest level. Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, in response to a question about media reports regarding the violation of Indus Water Treaty by India, said that Pakistan has approached the World Bank for the establishment of a court of arbitration on this issue.
To a question, he said that Saudi Arabia has expressed interest in purchasing JF-17 Thunder and Mashshak trainer aircraft from Pakistan, and the concerned authorities were holding discussions in this respect.
He said as Pakistan has achieved significant progress in the area of science and technology, various countries have expressed their interest to benefit from it.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have close and deep-rooted ties and the presence of three million Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia further strengthened these ties, he added.
Nafees Zakaria said Chief of Saudi Royal Air Force Gen. Mohammed Saleh Al Otaibi visited Pakistan on the invitation of Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman.
To a question, he said, Pakistan wished to see peace and stability in Afghanistan, as peace in Afghanistan was in the interest of Pakistan.
He referred to Pakistan’s efforts including the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) process for peace in Afghanistan and said that Pakistan would continue to play its role to achieve this goal.
“Pakistan wants the warring factions in Afghanistan to come to the negotiation table,” he added.
Nafees Zakaria also mentioned the earlier allocation of $ 500 million by Pakistan for development projects in Afghanistan and said the country has pledged another $ 500 million for reconstruction in Afghanistan.
To a question, the Foreign Office Spokesperson said, the recent killing of eight Haqqani Group leaders in Afghanistan, showed where the Haqqani group people were.