ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan said on Thursday that the United States has not cancelled the sale of F-16 fighter planes.

Speaking at a weekly media briefing here, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal said the US had not cancelled the sale of F-16 jets to Pakistan. “They have not refused the sale,” he argued. The spokesperson however, did not respond to a question on the deteriorating Pak-US ties. “We have said enough on the hostile (US) statements,” he remarked.

He said first China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue was held in Beijing, China on December 26 where the three sides reaffirmed their commitment to improving their relations, deepening mutually beneficial cooperation, advancing connectivity under the Belt and Road Initiative, and fighting terrorism in all its forms and manifestation without any distinction.

He said the first Speakers’ Conference was held in Islamabad on December 24 in Islamabad. The Speakers and Heads of Delegation of the National Parliaments of China, Russia, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iran participated in the Conference. 

“At the end of the conference, “Islamabad Declaration” was adopted, in which it was agreed that for ensuring global and regional peace and stability, Kashmir dispute needs peaceful resolution by Pakistan and India in accordance with UN Security Council Resolutions,” he said.

The Commission on Narcotics Drugs, he said, elected Ambassador Ayesha Riyaz of Pakistan as the Second Vice-Chair of the sixty-first session of the Commission, scheduled for 2018. “It is almost after a decade that Pakistan would serve on the Bureau of the CND,” he added.

The spokesperson said Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono will visit Pakistan on January 3-4, 2018. He said during the visit, Kono will hold wide ranging talks with Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammed Asif on bilateral issues.

About an old Pakistani couple in Damascus seeking refuge in Pakistani embassy, he said Fazal Akram had been contacted and assured that all efforts were being made for his safe evacuation at the earliest.  He condemned the terrorist attacks in, in which many precious human lives were lost while a number of people were injured.

Faisal said the alleged crossing of the Line of Control by India was “a figment of their imagination and counter-productive for peace and tranquillity on the LoC.” He condemned the state terrorism in held Kashmir resulting in deaths of women, children and youth.