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Ungoverned areas in Afghanistan pose threat to regional stability: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Thursday said ungoverned areas in Afghanistan not only posed threat to stability of Afghanistan but security of the whole region as well.

“Pakistan has expressed its concerns as over 43 percent area of Afghanistan is out of the control of the Afghan government and attracts terrorist groups from across the world including ISIS,” he said at the weekly news briefing in Islamabad.

He said Pakistan expected that the Afghan government and the Resolute Support Mission would take action to bring those territories under control.

Dr Faisal said said Indian arms buildup had also pushed the region into arms race fomenting instability in the whole region.

He said Pakistan’s armed forces were ready to defend the country’s borders in case of any threat.

The spokesperson said the Organisatio of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Istanbul rejected in strongest terms and declared null and void the decision of US administration regarding Al Quds (Jerusalem).

He said we have received response from India regarding visit of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife and they will come to Pakistan and will have a meeting with him on December 25.

Dr Muhammad Faisal said Pakistan had submitted a comprehensive counter memorial document before the International Court of Justice regarding the Kulbhushan Jadhav case covering all legal aspects.

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Regarding the inclusion of other countries in Chinese Belt and Road Initiative of which the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the flagship project, he said the project was for cooperation and connectivity and Pakistan and China were working out modalities in that connection as many countries had expressed their interest in joining the project.

He said Pakistan and United Sates were finding common grounds for enhanced bilateral cooperation and that was a continuous process.



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