MABAD - Pakistan on Thursday categorically rejected the allegations by the outing top US military chief, Admiral Mike Mullen, that Islamabad was involved in proxy war in Afghanistan through Haqqani network.
I would say a categorical 'no. We have always said that given the complexity of issues involved, a whole of government approach is required by both Pakistan and the US. We have been trying to do this from our side, Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua said during her weekly press briefing.
Referring to the meeting of Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar with her US counterpart in New York, the spokesperson said that Khar had made it clear that all must share the onus of responsibility for effectively countering terrorism.
Areas from where attacks are launched on Pakistani men, women and children must be dealt with proactively, she quoted the Foreign Minister as telling her US counterpart, adding that both sides agreed to coordinate their counter-terrorism efforts to be able to achieve results.
The Foreign Minister also emphasized that Pakistan needs to be assisted by the world in fighting terrorism, she maintained. She said that all issues were being discussed in political, military and intelligence level talks between the two countries, adding that the two countries also had discussions on perceptional issues and agreed to continue deeper engagement to address them to address each others concerns.
She said that Pakistan and US wanted their relationship based on mutual respect, interest and trust.
On Iran-Pakistan Gas pipeline, she said that Pakistan was an energy deficient country and it was in its own interest to ensure early completion of all works relating to Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline. Earlier, in her opening remarks, she gave an update on the international relief assistance for floods. She said that the European Commission had pledged ten million euros, while China is providing relief goods worth 4.7 million dollars.
Similarly, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) is providing relief goods worth 450,000 dollars while the US is sending food assistance, shelter kits and non-food items and medical assistance.
These include 8,000 tents, 17,000 shelter kits and food rations for 71,000 families. South Korea would dispatch tents, blankets and water purifiers worth 200,000 dollars. An Oman-based company, Norway and Denmark were also sending relief items, she added.
About the dengue fever, she said that an Emergency Relief Cell in the Foreign Ministry had also been designated as the focal point to coordinate the international assistance with regard to dengue fever, adding that a team of Sri Lankan doctor was already in Pakistan while a team of 19 Indonesian medics was expected to arrive soon.