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Will not compromise under any circumstances on Kashmir :Sartaj Aziz


ISLAMABAD:(APS)June 27, 2016-Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said Pakistan is pursuing an active foreign policy  for promoting and safeguarding its national interests in changing geo-strategic situation in the region.

He was briefing editors and anchor persons in Islamabad on Monday  on entire gamut of foreign policy and Pakistan’s strategy to address emerging challenges in the region.

Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry were also present on the occasion.

Sartaj Aziz dwelt at length on Afghanistan, Pakistan relations with India, United States, China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Gulf Cooperation Countries and categorically dispelled impression being created by certain circles that Pakistan has been isolated internationally.

Aziz said the peace process in Afghanistan has been deadlocked and can take time to restart. Despite 15 years of war in Afghanistan, peace could not be restored there, hence it would come through dialogue.

The Adviser made it clear that it is not in the hands of Pakistan to bring all Afghan Taliban groups to a negotiating table but it is ready to facilitate dialogue process for achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan.

To a question, he said there will be no compromise on border management, as Pakistan cannot afford to have loose border with Afghanistan because all attackers committing terrorism in our country come from across the border.

 To a question, he said Pakistan wants to have  peaceful relations with India but will not back down from its principled  stand over Kashmir.

Questioned on Indian quest to become member of the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group, Sartaj Aziz said it was not acceptable to Pakistan  that despite being a non-signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation, India should become its member.

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