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Pakistan strongly believes political solution of Afghanistan: Foreign Office

Nafees Zakaria

ISLAMABAD:(APS)August 31,2017-A three-day conference of selected Pakistani envoys would begin in Islamabad from Tuesday for brainstorming on important foreign policy issues.

Responding to questions at the weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said the participants will discuss potential strength of the foreign policy and options available in view of the geo-political and regional situation.

The concluding session of the conference would be chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Asked what options Pakistan has to deal with the situation arising out of US Strategy for South Asia, the spokesperson said based on the on-going internal deliberations a strategy to deal with the challenges and engage with the United States would be formulated.

He, however, pointed out that Pakistan has longstanding relationship with the United States. The two countries work together in a variety of fields including security, non-proliferation, science and technology and counter-terrorism.

Nafees Zakaria said both Pakistan and the United States have desire to take further steps for collaboration and engage with each other.

To a question about allegations of US General John Nicholson regarding presence of terrorist safe havens in Pakistan, the spokesperson said such remarks are unwarranted and unacceptable.

He pointed out that while rejecting these allegations, the National Security Committee has expressed concerns about presence of terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens inside Afghanistan.

Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan has demanded elimination of these sanctuaries and also expressed willingness to engage both with the US and Afghanistan.

Responding to another question, he said there is no military solution to the complex Afghan conflict.

The Spokesperson said Pakistan has been advocating for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. He also said that Afghan war cannot be fought on Pakistani soil.

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