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Pakistan hopes new MoU with US to be signed soon

Nato supply trucks. – File Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday expressed the hope that the new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding new terms of engagements with United States and Isaf on the issue of resuming Nato suppllies through Pakistan will be signed soon.

In his weekly news briefing, the Foreign Office Spokesman Moazzam Ahmed Khan said the MoU, which has already been approved by the federal cabinet in its meeting held on Wednesday, is in line with the recommendations of the parliament.

He said at this stage there is only one MoU concerning the ministry of defence.

Replying to a question about strategic dialogue between Pakistan and the United States, the spokesman said the schedule in this regard has not yet been finalised.

Commenting on attacks from the Afghan side, the spokesman said Pakistan is actively engaging the Afghan government as well as Isaf command on this issue. He said, “This is a serious issue.”

He expected that some corrective measures would be taken by the Afghan government and Isaf on this issue.

The spokesman said Chairman Afghan Peace Council Salahuddin Rabbani will visit Pakistan soon however, dates for his visit have not been yet finalised.

He said in the joint statement issued at the end of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf’s visit to Afghanistan, it was made clear that Pakistan is ready to extend every kind of support for durable peace in Afghanistan.

Commenting on the killings of Muslims in Myanmar, Khan expressed the confidence that Myanmar government will take necessary and appropriate steps to address this issue. He said it is a matter of concern, however, the situation there has improved substantially.

Replying to a question to file a case against the British newspaper “The Sun” for publishing a story of fake passports, damaging Pakistan's credibility, the spokesman said its not a bilateral issue, therefore, it is not in the purview of the foreign office.

He further explained that it’s a matter with a private newspaper and the ministry of interior and ministry of information and broadcasting will take up the matter of filing a case against the newspaper.


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