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Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Chaudhry. — File photo
Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Chaudhry. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Thursday warned that any foreign military action in Syria will plunge the already volatile region into a deeper conflict.

In a news briefing, Foreign Office Spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said Pakistan remains opposed to the use of force. He urged maximum restraint from all sides and called for dialogue among Syrians for peaceful solution to the problem.

To a question, the spokesman said Pakistan condemns the use of chemical weapons by any side. The UN report about the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria is very vital in this regard and its findings should be thoroughly examined for an acceptable way forward, he added.

Dismissing Washington Post's report about Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, the spokesman said Pakistan follows the best international practices and standards set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

“Pakistan is committed to the objectives of disarmament and non-proliferation and a robust command and control system is in place.”

Chaudhry said the US State Department in a recent statement has also vindicated our point.

To another question, he said Pakistan and the United States have agreed to revive the exercise of working groups that will lead to the resumption of strategic level dialogue early next year.

About the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the spokesman said the federal cabinet has approved signing of an international convention for transfer of prisoners.

As regards proposed meeting between Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh in New York, he said both the countries are in touch and ‘working out the date’.

“The meeting will provide a useful opportunity to remove the existing trust deficit,” said the FO spokesman.

About escalation of tension at the Line of Control (LoC), Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said Pakistan has expressed grave concern over the violations by India and urged it to respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement.

As far Pakistani prisoners in Bagram prison are concerned, the spokesman said, we are in contact with the Afghan and US authorities for the early release and transfer of these prisoners to Pakistan.

Comments (8) Closed

jg Sep 05, 2013 08:56pm

why are we working on this. Avg pakistani does not care to have any relations with its eastern why waste the effort.

Nitin Sep 05, 2013 09:40pm

How about handling your own baggage first?

snu Sep 05, 2013 10:16pm

hahahahah....see who is talking about "peaceful solution to the problem".

ali Sep 05, 2013 10:18pm

shame on Pakistan for saying such a thing, bashaar's regime and their Iranian friends have brutally massacred hundreds of thousands of innocent Syrians, it is high time for international community to attack this monstrous regime

Saad(DXB) Sep 05, 2013 11:07pm

OK... I guess Mr. Prime Minister hasn't gotten that all familiar call from Riyadh yet.. Let's wait and see how quickly FO spokesman changes his stance in the coming days.

faisal Sep 06, 2013 12:42am

Praising Malala every day and making her as a national hero does not suit us , we know that great girls which surpass Malala are in millions inside our great nation , so it seems quite embarrassing to restrict ourselves for the accentuation of a such minor agent , which has no us except wastage of time , so please if you people can abolish such shameful contents from your newspaper , and only inform people about the dignified and respectful entities not such an item people which are raised only for the praise and accentuation of American banner over Pakistan , it seems quite slavery for the self esteem of Pakistani people.

Atta Sep 06, 2013 01:25am

You people better mind your own business and concentrate on to your own domestic problems, rather than interfering and commenting into international relations. Keep the warning to yourself.

Sandip Sep 06, 2013 03:09am

Did any one ask for Pakistan's opinion in this regard. It has become a non-entity on the world stage. Neither anyone solicits any opinion nor does anyone hear its opinion. What matters more is that Pakistan may be next in line once Iran is defanged.