ISLAMABAD - Rejecting the US concerns that Pakistan’s nuclear assets may fall into wrong hands, Foreign Office spokesman reiterated on Thursday that country’s strategic assets were safe and sound.
The spokesman, however, refused to comment on the US congressional report saying, “We don’t comment on such reports. We have a very clear position on the principle of credible minimum deterrence.”
The foreign ministry spokesman also denied reports that Pakistan was planning any joint military offensive with the United States in North Waziristan. “This is a question of Pakistan’s sovereignty and we had made it very clear from day one that fighting terrorism and extremism on its own territory is Pakistan’s responsibility and we are quite capable of handling that on our own,” he added.
However, he maintained that Pakistan would cooperate on intelligence sharing with the US.
Regarding a question on cross-border incursions, he said Pakistan was engaging both Afghanistan and Nato/Isaf and hoped that measures will be taken soon to address this issue.
Answering a question on OIC decision to suspend membership of Syria, the spokesman said Pakistan had taken a principled stand on the issue. “While we are concerned about the deteriorating situation in Syria and we feel that the bloodshed must be stopped immediately, we feel that only a peaceful and political solution based on the principles of non-intervention, non-interference and no use of force is a viable option,” he emphasised.
He said that is why we also supported Kufi Annan’s six-point formula. “We also strongly feel that Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected”, he added.
He further said suspension is basically OIC’s decision, not Pakistan’s decision.
He continued that the OIC is an important forum and Pakistan feels that an appeal going from that forum will also have an impact. “By the way, we have not only spoken about Afghanistan, but also about Kashmir, Mali and situation in Myanmar,” he said.
To a question regarding US joint operation in Pakistan, the spokesman said this is a question of Pakistan’s sovereignty and Islamabad had made it very clear from day one that fighting terrorism and extremism on its own territory is Pakistan’s responsibility.
“We are quite capable of handling that on our own. While we may cooperate on intelligence sharing, we would not allow anybody to violate our sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he added.