ISLAMABAD - Reiterating commitment to result-oriented talks with India, Pakistan on Friday said that Islamabad was using the necessary channels including diplomatic and military seeking to have tensions free relations with New Delhi.
"It is part of the vision that our Prime Minister has articulated for our country and the region. We will continue to pursue the policy of restraint, responsibility and dialogue. We believe that through constructive engagement and uninterrupted dialogue, tensions can be reduced and relations improved", Foreign Office spokesperson Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry told the weekly Press briefing.
He said that Pakistan has expressed its deep concern over the tension along the LoC and has been communicating its concern to the Indian government, with the hope that in the larger interest of peace in the region as envisioned by our leadership, tensions along the LoC will be reduced, and the Indian side will respect the ceasefire.
Answering a question about Islamabad's expectations from the likely meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh along the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next month would be one such opportunity for talks at the highest level.
"Should that meeting take place, as indicated by the Prime Minister it would be a useful opportunity to engage in a constructive dialogue to discuss steps to further build trust and consolidate this relationship", he said, adding, that the dates for the meeting between the two Prime Ministers are being finalised through diplomatic channels.
Commenting on the statement of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the spokesman without directly responding to the statement said Pakistan has always clarified that its will not allow terrorists to use its soil against any country, adding, that Pakistan law-enforcing agencies are vigilant and fully determined to check activities of the terrorists.
Referring to the recent visit of Secretary General United Nations Ban Ki Moon to Pakistan, he said it was very useful and productive visit that has increased Pakistan's status in the international community.
He said UN Secretary General has also supported Pakistan's viewpoint over the US drone attacks ,adding, that Pakistan still considered these drone attacks as violation of its sovereignty, integrity and counter-productive besides violation of international rules.
He said that Afghan President Hamid Karzai would visit Pakistan in the last week of this month to discuss various bilateral issues including economic and trade, refugees, post 2014 situation in Afghanistan and the regional situation.
Answering another question about Pakistan's support to change the office of Afghan Taliban for talks from Qatar to Turkey or Saudi Arabia, the spokesman said Pakistan has been extending its support to any Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and would continue its support as well.
The spokesman said Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and Security Sartaj Aziz would represent Pakistan in the next meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) which is primarily security organisation, adding, that Pakistan has observer status in this organisation but always gave special consideration to SCO and participated actively in its meetings.
Commenting on the OIC role in defusing situation in Egypt, the spokesperson recalled that the OIC Secretary General has expressed regret for the victims of the current events in Egypt and called on all parties to exercise restraint and to return to dialogue in order to forge national consensus and bring social peace.
He said that Pakistan has also expressed its deep concern over the use of force and called for release of political prisoners to ensure that the legal and Constitutional issues can be addressed through dialogue among all parties, in an inclusive and peaceful manner, to enable the country to successfully return to democracy as early as possible.