ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesperson, Qazi Khalilullah, discussed Pakistan’s relations with regional and global powers at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad today. He condemned desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque and vowed Pakistan’s wholehearted support for an independent Palestinian state.

Pakistan has urged India to honor its commitment with regard to observance of ceasefire on the Line of Control and working boundary.

He said that there was disconnect between what we are told by the Indian side and the ground reality.

To a question, he said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on the 30th of this month, however, there has been no indication so far about any meeting with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

The spokesman said Pakistan and Afghanistan are discussing measures to keep the border peaceful.

He said that meetings of Sartaj Aziz, advisor on national security, with the Afghan leaders had been useful in enhancing trust and increasing bilateral cooperation in different sectors. He said Pakistan supports Afghan reconciliation process and hopes the Afghan Taliban will renounce violence and return to the negotiating table.

To a question, the spokesman said the issue of the leadership of Afghan Taliban is their internal problem.

The spokesman said Pakistan and the United States enjoy good relations and difference of opinion on some issue is a routine matter in terms of relations between states.

Qazi Khalilullah said Pakistan stands for reforms in the United Nations with the consensus of all the member states but is opposed to the addition of the new permanent members to the Security Council.

He said Pakistan is committed to the goals of nuclear non-proliferation and wants to join Nuclear Suppliers Group.  He added, “we are in contact with the member states on that count.”

Responding a question, the spokesman said Pakistan condemns the desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque and Israeli violence against peaceful worshippers.

He reiterated Pakistan's stand for an independent Palestinian state comprising pre-1967 border with Al-Quds as its capital.  He added that only an independent Palestinian state could guarantee peace in the region.