ISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to continue cooperation with India over Pathankot terror attack, saying modalities about the JIT visit to India were being worked out.
“Pakistan has taken all necessary steps, including registration of first information report (FIR), with regard to the Pathankot attack,” Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Nafees Zakaria told his weekly press briefing.
Commenting on the statement of the Indian defence minister accusing Pakistan of the attack, the spokesperson termed blame game on the part of India unfortunate and unhelpful.
He saidPrime Minister Nawaz Sharif held out categorical assurance of total cooperation to the Indian leadership with regard to Pathanokot incident.
He said the Foreign Secretary has written a letter to his Indian counterpart asking for more details about the Pathankot as well as Mumbai terrorist attacks.
He said Pakistan has denounced terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and believes all nations need to collaborate with each other to defeat this menace.
Answering a question, he rejected the notions that Secretary level talks have any connection with the outcome of the Pathankot terror attack investigation.
“Both sides are in contact to work out the dates for meeting”, he reiterated.
Commenting on the country’s nuclear programme, the spokesperson said Pakistan’s nuclear arsenals were only meant to deter any aggression against its territorial integrity, adding it had robust command and control system.
He said Pakistan was desirous of become a member of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and had taken up this matter with the relevant countries.
He pointed out Pakistan needed civilian nuclear programme to meet its energy needs. He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would also attend nuclear security summit in Washington later this month.
The spokesperson said the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) had made progress since its inception and the process of reconciliation in Afghanistan was progressing well.
He explained the member countries in the QCG had equal responsibility to seek direct talks between the Afghan government and Taliban groups in the larger interest of peace and stability in the region.
He said he was not aware of any date fixed for the Afghan talks as per the decision of the last QCG meeting held in Kabul, adding Pakistan was playing the role of a facilitator.
He said Pakistan like other members of the group wanted the political process to bear fruits, adding it wanted peace and stability in Afghanistan because peace in that country was in the interest of Pakistan.
About trade between Pakistan and Russian Federation, the spokesperson said efforts were underway to enhance volume of trade between the two countries.
Answering a question about efforts to gear up work on Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, the spokesperson said Pakistan was an energy-deficient country and was trying to tap all means, including the IP gas pipeline project, to meet its national needs.