ISLAMABAD: United States (US) Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif and expressed the hope that Pathankot incident will not affect dialogue between India and Pakistan.
According to the details, Kerry lauded PM’s leadership role in the prevailing difficult situation. The US Secretary of State hoped talks between Pakistan and India would continue despite efforts to damage the process. Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan would not allow anyone to use its soil to carry out terror operations abroad. Kerry extended full support to the PM to find out the truth in Pathankot terror incident. The PM told Kerry that Pakistan is swiftly carrying out investigations into Pathankot incident and will soon bring out the truth.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has on Friday said that any statement about Pathankot attack before complete investigations would be premature. He said that the terrorists undermining Pakistan’s security cannot be our friends.
Talking to media, Khawaja Asif said that Pakistan is in contact with other Islamic countries on the Saudi-Iran issue. He said that whoever is trying to push Pakistan into a war can’t be Pakistan’s friend. He said that no person is above the state. “Strong action was taken against the enemies of peace in Operation Zarb-e-Azb”, he said.
Responding to a question, the defence minister said that an opinion can be given on Pathankot attack only after completion of the investigations.
Talking about Iran-Saudi relations, Asif said that a collision between two Islamic countries isn’t affordable. He said that Pakistan is trying to do whatever it can to stop the situation from deteriorating further. He said that the government is in contact with other Muslim countries.
Responding to a question about the absence of Prime Minister from the session, Khawaja Asif told that he is on a leave and couldn’t attend the session due to his private engagements in Lahore.
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