ISLAMABAD - Foreign Office on Thursday accused Afghanistan of interfering in internal affairs of Pakistan.

This was said by Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal while addressing a weekly news briefing.

To a question about Afghan president’s tweets regarding Naqeebullah Mehsud case, he termed it an act of interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs. “The Afghan leadership has tried to portray the sit-in in a different light....The tweets are tantamount to interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan,” he said.

To a question about deputy leader of the banned TTP Khalid Mehsud Sajna, he said this drone strike happened in Afghanistan and the Afghan authorities and the Resolute Support Mission (RSM) might be able to confirm it. Pakistan appreciates any action taken against the enemies of Pakistan, he said.

He further said Pakistan does not support any move by foreign states to interfere in the internal affairs of Maldives and influence its upcoming elections. “Non-interference in the domestic affairs of other countries has always been the key principle of our foreign policy”, he added.

He also paid condolences on behalf of people and the Government of Pakistan over the tragic crash of a Russian passenger aircraft, resulting in the loss of seventy-one precious lives.

To a question, he said, Pakistan strongly rejects the allegations of certain Indian police and defence officials and media organisations in connection with the reported attack on Sunjwan camp in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

“Pakistan and India have fundamental dispute on Kashmir issue and all other problems cannot be resolved between the two countries unless the political settlement of Kashmir issue takes place,” he said.

A particular segment in the Indian media, he said, runs with their clear intention to malign Pakistan. “We hope world community would take due cognizance of India's smear campaign against Pakistan and the deliberate creation of war hysteria,” he added.

About the comments of the Defence Minister of India, the spokesperson said familiar Indian tendency of apportioning blame on Pakistan without concrete evidence is regrettable.

He said India’s growing nuclear programme poses a threat to regional peace and stability and negates India’s own claims of disarm policy. 

He further said Pakistan is never apologetic regarding its foreign policy and is fully committed and capable of defending itself against any act of aggression.

“We expect the international community to take cognizance of the belligerent and repeated Indian statements against Pakistan, which are not only against international law but also threatens regional peace and security”, he added.

To a question Jordanian flag printed on the panaflexes displayed around the city during the recent visit of King of Jordan to Pakistan, he said, there was a misprinting of the flag on the posters. “The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is responsible for printing the posters. ...The CDA has been notified to correct the error for future purposes,” he said.