ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has expressed serious concerns over the unprovoked firing by the Afghan forces near the Chaman border.
At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad today, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya pointed out the border between the two countries is clearly demarcated and Pakistani teams were conducting the census drive in its own area which is our sovereign right.
The spokesperson asked Afghanistan to immediately stop firing on Pakistani areas.
In case it does not stop, he said Pakistan reserves the right to respond to preserve its sovereignty and protect its civilians.
Responding to a question about the recent statement of Afghan President, the spokesperson said the problems of Afghanistan are internal in nature.
Externalizing them or blaming others for them will not help.
He said it is in the interest of everybody to avoid accusations as these serve no purpose.
To a question, Nafees Zakariya said Pakistan is cognizant of the important role played by China and US in Afghan peace process.
He pointed out that the two countries were part of the QCG process which made serious efforts to bring the Afghan government and warring factions to the table of negotiations.
As regards India, the spokesperson said the country is part of the problem and not the solution in Afghanistan.
He said: “India is also using Afghan soil for its nefarious designs to destabilize Pakistan and spoil Pak-Afghan relations.”
About recent visits to Kabul from Pakistan, the spokesperson said this was an important effort to strengthen and institutionalize parliamentary exchanges between the two countries.
He said it is our endeavor to promote relations and friendship with the neighboring country.
The spokesperson a politically negotiated settlement is the most viable option for lasting peace in Afghanistan.
He said the Afghan government and the warring factions including the Taliban need to reach a peace agreement to achieve that objective.
Condemning the Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir, the spokesperson called for the implementation of the UNSC resolutions on the lingering dispute.
He said the international community including the UN should play its role to stop the bloodshed in occupied Kashmir.
About incidents of intolerance against minorities in India, the spokesperson said these are of deep concerns for the entire international community.