Pakistan again demands handing over of Fazalullah from Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Pakistan has once again demanded handing over of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Chief Maulvi Fazullah from Afghanistan.

Talking to the media persons in Islamabad, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said the issue of terrorist attacks from Afghan soil is a serious issue and Pakistan is in touch with the Afghan authorities for better management of the border.

He said installation of biometric verification system on border crossing points can ensure better management of the border.

He stated in categorical terms that Pakistan will fully protect its border and retaliate to any fire from across the border. He said the terrorists are the common enemies of Pakistan and Afghanistan and both the countries should fully cooperate to tackle them.

On Indo-Pak talks, the adviser said foreign secretary of the two countries are meeting on the 25th of this month.

Responding to a question about the country’s internal situation, Sartaj Aziz said the democratic system faces no threat from the long march. Continuity of democracy is vital for the progress and prosperity of the country and no extra constitutional step will be tolerated. He said democratic system is not going to de-rail in country, adding that we should have to learn lesion from history.

Earlier addressing a seminar on ‘Building China Pakistan Community of Shared Destiny in the New Era’, Sartaj Aziz said said friendship with China is the cornerstone of our foreign policy. The trajectory of friendship and cooperation between the two countries has moved steadily upwards and has crossed new threshold in the past fourteen months.

He said Pakistan-China cooperation has now expanded from political and defense fields to industry, energy, water and power, agriculture and infrastructure projects. Both the countries are making conscious efforts to further improve cooperation in joint ventures , high tech industry, telecom and manufacturing.

Sartaj Aziz said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a landmark project which will connect China with Karachi and Gwadar. He said Pakistan and China are discussing a number of mega projects under the rubric of Economic Corridor in several fields like energy, infrastructure and connectivity which would revitalize Pakistan’s economy.

Referring to the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in the war against terrorism, the Adviser on foreign affairs said the operation launched in North Waziristan against terrorists is proceeding successfully. Large parts of the area have been cleared of the militants and their infrastructure destroyed.

Expressing the resolve to eliminate all local and foreign terrorist groups, Sartaj Aziz said our objective is establish writ of the state and not let our territory used against any other country.

He said security of all foreign nationals especially Chinese working in Pakistan is our top most priority. Those attacking Chinese experts working in Pakistan want to drive a wedge between the two countries. We will not let them succeed in their nefarious designs. He said the prime minister has issued specific instructions to all agencies concerned to provide fool proof security to Chinese citizens.

On relations with India, Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan believes in peaceful neighborhood and has reached out to India for improved bilateral relations.

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May 2021