22 August, 2014 / Shawwal 25, 1435

Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit while giving weekly briefing to the media representatives said that Pakistan has been handling the situation politically in accordance with its own laws, priorities and constitution.AFP (File Photo)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Foreign Office reminded those countries, who have given asylums to Baloch separatists, to discourage anti-Pakistan secessionist activities within their territories.

Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit while giving weekly briefing to the media representatives said that Pakistan has been handling the situation politically in accordance with its own laws, priorities and constitution.

Replying to a question, about providing shelter to some of the elements who are involved in the disturbance of Balochistan, the spokesman said Pakistan has raised this question with the concerned countries adding that demarche was issued to ambassador of Switzerland in Islamabad.

Talking on the issue of activities of estranged Baloch leaders taking refuge in England and Switzerland, Basit said Islamabad has made demarches to the relevant countries and have been assured by them that their territories will not be allowed to be used against Pakistan.

“We are cognizant of the developments in Balochistan and necessary steps have also been taken,” he added.

The spokesman said Pakistan is trying to handle the situation in the province politically adding “it is our internal issue and will be dealt with in accordance with the constitution and our own preferences”.

He said, “The foreign office and our missions abroad are engaged actively in order to ensure that this issue is not portrayed in any other context by the detractors.”

Answering to a question about opening of US consulate in Balochistan, the spokesman said US embassy has filed application to the foreign office in this regard but so far no decision has been taken in this regard.

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