ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Thursday reiterated that discriminatory concessions and privileges given to India by nuclear supplier groups, including the United States and United Kingdom, would destabilise the security and strategic stability in South Asia.

“Strategic stability will be disturbed by the waiver given to India by some of the countries, including the United States and United Kingdom,” Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah told weekly media briefing.

He said Pakistan had been seeking from international community equal treatment on the nuclear issue, emphasising that such actions could destablise the security and strategic situation in the region.

Answering a question about Pakistan’s nuclear programmes and its safety, the spokesman said Pakistan had repeatedly denied such statements and even rejected the allegations published in the editorial of an American newspaper recently.

Chief of Army Staff General Sharif, in interactions with American top civilian and military leaders during his five-day official visit, has made it clear that resolution of Kashmir dispute is pivotal for security and strategic stability in South Asia.

Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz yesterday told the participants of a seminar that territorial and border disputes in the region should be resolved otherwise they could trigger a new cold war.

The Foreign Office spokesperson categorically stated that there was no footprint of Daesh on its soil, adding the country was fully aware of its threat and “our military and security forces have also made it clear that the shadow of Daesh will not be tolerated on its land.”

Referring to Zarb-e-Azb operation, the spokesperson said Pakistan had carried out an effective and indiscriminate operation against all the terrorist organisations, adding National Action Plan was also under way to fight extremism and terrorism in Pakistan. The spokesperson said Pakistan was cooperating with the international community in combating terrorism. “We support a coordinated approach against terrorism for complete eradication of the menace,” he added. About the Paris attacks, Qazi Khalilullah said Pakistan condemned the attacks at different levels and the prime minister and the adviser on foreign affairs also visited the French embassy to record their condolence.

When asked about the rise of Islamophobia following the Paris attacks, the spokesperson said terrorism cannot be linked to any religion.

He said there has so far no report of arrest of any Pakistani following the Paris terrorist attacks, adding if any Pakistani was arrested anywhere in the world, the Foreign Office would extend full help and cooperation in this regard.

He said the recent visit of Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif to the United States was very important to further promote and strengthen defence relations between the two countries.

Answering a question, he said Pakistan had extended new proposals to India for negotiations and was ready to resolve all the disputes and issues, including Kashmir, through dialogue process if held without any pre-conditions.

He said Pakistan was awaiting positive response from India for resuming the dialogue process to resolve all the outstanding disputes, including the core issue of Kashmir. Answering a question about attacks on Pakistan’s posts from Afghanistan, the spokesperson said Islamabad had been raising this issue with the Afghan government and protests had been lodged in this regard.

He explained Pakistan was constructing a gate at Angoor Adda inside its own territory, so it did not need any approval from the Afghan side.