India Should Stay out of Pakistan’s Internal Affairs: FO

Tasneem Aslam, the Former Foreign Office spokesperson introduced Qazi Khalilullah, her successor, at a media briefing in Islamabad on Thursday. The new spokesman said that Pakistan had always asked India not to interfere in the internal matters of Pakistan and maintained that they would continue to remind India to do the same in the future. It was reported by Radio Pakistan that the FO believed that proof has been provided by Pakistan’s government of India’s involvement in the country’s internal affairs even recently as the secretary-level talks.

When a question was asked about Dawood Ibrahim, the new spokesperson said that the government had confirmed that the underworld fugitive does not reside on Pakistan soil and that the country’s ignorance about his location had been accepted by India. When he was asked a question regarding the Doha process for reconciliation in Afghan, Mr. Khalilullah said that an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process is supported by Pakistan in order to achieve stability and peace in the country. It was maintained by the spokesperson that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has a vision of stability and peace in the region and that all efforts were being made by the government for achieving this objective.

It was considered a good omen when senior PPP officials visited Kabul and political contact was encouraged by the government between the two countries as they would certainly go a long way in the promotion of bilateral relations. Talking about the elections that are ongoing in the United Kingdom, Qazi Khalilullah said that the country’s ties with the UK weren’t dependent on any single political party staying in power so they weren’t worried. He added that the relations between the two countries are quite strong and close. It was also asserted that the Pakistani government were certainly looking forward to cementing its ties with the British government.

As far as the former Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam is concerned, she is expected to continue to working as Additional Secretary UN and Economic Affairs.