ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has resolved to seek resolution of Palestine issue and would take up the issue at the OIC slated to meet Jeddah on August 12.
“Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz will participate in OIC administrative meeting being held in Jeddah on August 12 on the situation in Gaza,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam told during the weekly press briefing. The spokesperson said Pakistan along with other Muslim countries has been making sincere efforts to resolve the Palestine issue and to ensure peace in the region.
However, she said there is no proposal for holding OIC summit on this issue so far. She said Pakistan has also sent financial assistance of $10,00,000 for the injured Palestinians.
She condemned the incident of US drone strike that took place in Datta Khel, North Waziristan on Wednesday (August 6, 2014), saying Pakistan regards such strikes as a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“These strikes also have a negative impact on the government’s efforts to bring peace and stability in Pakistan and the region. We therefore expect immediate cessation of such strikes,” she added. Commenting on the situation in Libya, the spokesperson said the Foreign Office on the directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has set up a Crisis Management Cell (CMC) at the Foreign Office for effectively coordinating the efforts to facilitate the evacuation of stranded Pakistanis in Libya. She said the CMC would work to monitor the evolving security situation in Libya and to coordinate efforts for evacuation of Pakistani Diaspora. The CMC will be headed by a Director General and assisted by two directors and operate round-the-clock.
She said security situation in Libya has deteriorated over the past few days and our embassy in Tripoli is assisting stranded Pakistanis to evacuate. “In the last few days, the embassy has already facilitated evacuation of over 2,500 Pakistanis to Tunisia,” she added. She said all Pakistan Missions in the region have been advised to make concerted efforts to assist Pakistanis’ evacuation from Libya through their respective areas of jurisdiction.
She said Pakistan’s embassy in Tunisia has also set up a camp office at Zarzis near Ras-Jedir Check Post on Libya-Tunisia border to assist transiting Pakistanis. She also rejected baseless allegations by Afghanistan against Pakistan, adding that Islamabad is taking notice of the situation in the neighbouring country.
Tasneem said it is deeply dismaying that the spate of Afghan allegations, maligning Pakistan’s national security institutions, continues unabated.