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There is no footprint of ISIS in Pakistan, says FO spokesman

The FO spokesperson, in a weekly briefing on Thursday, said that the country will not tolerate even the shadow of ISIS in Pakistan.

He also said that security agencies have been alerted and appropriate action will be taken.

The spokesperson added that the meeting of the Foreign Secretaries of Pakistan and India will be held in Islamabad in mid January. Exact date of the meeting and further details will be announced later.

He said that Pakistan and India both need to resolve all outstanding disputes peacefully through dialogue. The decision to have Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue is very important. The first meeting of Foreign Secretaries under the Dialogue will take place in mid January to work out a schedule of meetings for various segments in accordance with the Joint Statement issued on 09 December 2015.

He also said that Pakistan was able to significantly enhance its relations with all neighboring countries and Non-interference in internal affairs of other countries, support for peaceful resolution of conflicts, support for counter terrorism efforts all levels, emphasis on peace, stability, connectivity and development remained the hallmark of the country’s foreign policy.

“The Heart of Asia Conference was a resounding success. Delegations of 44 countries including Afghan President and Foreign Ministers of China, Iran, Turkey, India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Latvia participated in the Conference. It signified confidence of the international community in Pakistan, its leadership and policies”, he said.

“Pakistan and India agreed to a Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue. President of China, President and Prime Minister of Turkey, Emir of Qatar, President and Prime Minister of Belarus, President of Tajikistan, President of Afghanistan and Prime Minister of India visited Pakistan”, he said.

Answering a question regarding Pakistan’s inclusion in the 34-Nation alliance against terrorism, the spokesperson added that the country has joined the coalition against terrorism. The extent of the participation will be decided in the light of additional information that has been sought from Saudi Arabia.



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