ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Thursday once again made it clear that the restoration of Nato supply had been made possible on the basis of reconciliation; however, no formal agreement was signed on the subject.
“We have to take along the entire international community; we can’t afford opposition of 50 countries,” he said, adding that the decision to block supply lines was taken to ensure that Pakistan’s sovereignty was not violated and red-lines were respected.
The Nato supply trucks had started entering Afghanistan as Pakistan ended the seven-month blockade, “but we have not given permission for transporting lethal weapons, Muazzam said.
When asked about the rules and regulations under which the supplies were restored, the spokesman replied that the decision was taken on the previous terms and conditions and Pakistan was in talks with the US for settling other matters.
Efforts being made to repair the strained ties between Pakistan and the United States, he said, adding that reopening of the Nato supply routes was a new beginning of bilateral relationships, as it was not only in the interest of US but also beneficial for other countries, having good relations with Pakistan.
The spokesman dispelled the impression that Pakistan was raising the tariff on the supply route, adding that there were several other issues involved.
He was confident that the move had been made on transparent lines and hoped that the US would clear all the dues of Pakistan under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF), as Washington had also promised to respect Pakistan’s sovereignty.
Regarding the foreign secretary-level Pak-India dialogue, the spokesman said, “If India gives us any information we have full right to investigate it.”
Refuting India’s blame game on the issue of Abu Jundal having a Pakistani passport, he brushed aside all rumours on the subject.
He again made it clear no Pakistani institution was involved in sponsoring terrorism and stressed that terrorists were the common enemies of both countries. “We must make concerted efforts to wipe out the menace of terrorism and extremism as terrorists can harm both countries,” he argued.
The FO spokesman further added that Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar would represent Pakistan at the donors conference to be held in Tokyo, for which was scheduled to leave today (Friday). Answering a question, Muazzam Khan said that Hina would interact with many dignitaries at the event, during which the Afghan government would present a national priority programme and the participants of the conference would look at it as to how to offer support.
“During the telephonic conversation with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton not only expressed sorry but also categorically stated that her country respects Pakistan’s sovereignty,” he added
To another question he said Pakistan and the United States were continuing talks on drone attacks with the objective of reaching on some sort of mutually acceptable solution.
He said Pakistan had a clear position on drone attacks that these were counter-production, violation of territorial integrity and against international law.