ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Thursday said that the multibillion dollars Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project would be undertaken after international sanctions against Iran are removed as result of settlement of its nuclear issue.
"We hope that the process, which is underway in three plus three, would lead to successful settling of the Iranian nuclear issue and sanctions would be removed as a result. Then we can proceed ahead," Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslama told weekly press briefing.
The spokesperson further said that at the moment the situation is that because of the sanctions, Iran has not been able to meet its obligations and because of sanctions no company is getting involved in this project.
Answering a question, the spokesperson hoped that Afghanistan would not allow any terrorist fleeing from Pakistan refuge on its territory as per the international obligations and our bilateral understanding.
She said that military action against terrorists on ground is in progress on this side and Pakistan expects Afghan government and those managing security in Afghanistan to fulfill their responsibility in this regard.
She said Pakistan has assured all its neighbours that it has adopted the policy that its soil should not be used against them and their soil should not be used against Pakistan.
The spokesperson said that during the recent trilateral summit at Ankara, Pakistan and Afghanistan reiterated their commitment that they would not allow their soils to be used against national interests of each other.
Commenting on terrorist hideouts in Afghanistan, the spokesperson said, "We have raised our concern with the countries concerned and hope they would take it seriously."
She said Pakistan has repeatedly emphasized the need for better border management, adding that Pakistan's Secretary Interior, during his recent visit to Kabul, had fruitful talks and hopefully subsequent meetings would lead to take steps for better management of border.
The spokesperson once again rejected speculations that Pakistan intends to supply arms to Syrian rebels.
She said Pakistan sells arms to states and not entities and that too strictly in accordance with the principles and purposes of the UN Charter, under the recognition of the right of states to protect their security, reaffirmation of rights of states to self-defence and observing relevant national laws and regulations on export of conventional arms.
The spokesperson said Pakistan is persistently and strongly opposed to regime change from outside through any means.
She said Pakistan respects territorial integrity and sovereignty of Syria and believes in the policy of respect for human rights, stoppage of bloodshed there and welcomes Syrian accession to Chemical Weapons Convention.
She said Pakistan is supportive of Geneva process that involves the Syrian government as well.
The spokesperson said there is absolutely no question of Pakistan compromising its national interests for the sake of funds.
She said the Pakistan-India talks on cross-LoC CBMs are expected to take place in the first week of next month.
Commenting on killing of Pakistani national Shaukat Ali in Indian jail, the spokesperson said Pakistan has asked India to investigate the tragedy and share the outcome.
She said it is claimed that the prisoner was mentally sick then the question was why to keep such a person in prison.
On the issue of Siachin, she said once Pakistan and India were close to an agreement in 1989 but then India backed out.
When her attention was drawn towards deportation of Pakistanis from UAE, she said Pakistan Embassy in UAE is in contact with the host Government to resolve the issue of deportation of some Pakistanis who were living legally there, adding that Foreign Office was also in touch with the UAE embassy in Islamabad in this connection.