ISLAMABAD - Welcoming the UN resolution on drones, Pakistan Friday said it had paved the way for Islamabad to approach the UN Human Rights Commission for a similar resolution against the illegal US drone attacks in Pakistan .
“Our message is now becoming louder and clearer. The next step for us is to table a similar resolution at the Human Rights Council Forum in Geneva and we hope it will be adopted,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Ms Tasneem Aslam said at a weekly briefing.
She said adoption of the resolution by the General Assembly of the United Nations reflected the international public opinion and also spoke of illegal use of drones, adding Pakistan would continue building international opinion against the drone attacks.
The spokesperson said the adoption of the resolution by the General Assembly of the United Nations indicated that public opinion against the drone attacks was increasing.
The spokesperson said adoption of the resolution by the General Assembly of the UN was due to the voice raised by Pakistan at international community and human rights organisations against the drones.
She said this resolution could not be compared with other resolutions of the Security Council as there was no institutional mechanism for implementing this resolution . However, she clarified that only a resolution adopted by five permanent members of the Security Council of the United Nations had the implementing mechanism .
The spokesperson said the situation at the Line of Control (LoC) was under control and the director generals military operations from both the sides would meet on December 24.
She said it was Pakistan’s proposal that the representatives of the Foreign Office of the two countries should be invited to the meeting of the DGMOs to make it broad-based, but India did not accept this proposal.
On the IP gas pipeline project, she said Pakistan was still committed to its completion, but due to financial constraints, it was looking into different options.
On resumption of US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue, the spokesperson said it had resumed following the visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry.
She pointed out that meetings of working groups on energy, defence and security had already taken place while those of working groups on counterterrorism and finance groups would be held soon and, after the completion of the meetings, the ministerial-level meeting of the two countries would be held.
About the Pak-US relations, the spokesperson said the two countries were looking forward to find the resolution of all the issues through dialogue.
Responding to a question about the new legislation in the US Congress, linking Pakistan’s assistance with the Nato supplies, the spokesperson said: “We have not been contacted in this regard as it is an internal matter of the United States.”
She, however, said due to enormous sacrifices and material loss of Pakistan , there was no need to judge its sincerity in the war on terrorism.
On the situation in Bangladesh, the spokesperson said that Pakistan and Bangladesh had a long history of brotherhood even before 1947 and both the countries remained together till 1971. She said the resolution passed by the Parliament on the situation in Bangladesh was no interference in its internal affairs. She expressed the hope that Bangladesh would give due respect to the tripartite agreement of 1974, signed by Pakistan , India and Bangladesh, forget the past and look towards future. She confirmed that Pakistan’s high commissioner was summoned to the Bangladesh Foreign Office.
The spokesperson said Bangladesh should adopt the policy of reconciliation in accordance with the 1974 tripartite agreement to ensure peace, security and progress in the region.
Replying to a question, the spokesperson said Pakistan released Mullah Baradar on the request of Afghan President Hamid Karzai so that he could participate in the reconciliation process.
She said Pakistan just facilitated the meeting and it had no details of the meeting. She, however, said Pakistan wanted to do whatever it could to promote the peace process in Afghanistan through reconciliation. “We want peace, security and progress in Afghanistan as it is also in our interest,” she added.
About Pakistani prisoners in Saudi Arabia’s jails, the spokesperson said a large number of Pakistanis were regularised with the efforts of the Pak embassy. She said a few Pakistanis were living in different remote areas, but the Pakistani embassy was still trying to help them in legalising their status.
To another question about the forthcoming visit of the Turkish prime minister this month, she said the two countries had very close relations in all fields, especially in the economic sector.
She said a number of agreements and MoUs were being finalised by the representatives of the two countries, which would be signed during the visit of the Turkish prime minister to Pakistan .
To yet another question, she said Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry had been notified as the foreign affairs secretary and he would assume the charge of his office next week.