Islamabad: Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar says the categorical statements from the National Security Committee have ruled out any foreign conspiracy behind the change of government in Pakistan and all speculations in this regard should be put to rest.
He was responding to various questions during his news briefing in Islamabad on Monday.
He said two consecutive meetings of the NSC have concluded that there was no foreign conspiracy and their conclusion was based on assessments from all stakeholders. He said we should now get back to conducting diplomacy and concentrating on our important relations in the best interest of Pakistan.
He said our core focus should be improving our relationships with our partners and the United States is one of the key partner of Pakistan and both sides are keen to build on the long standing relations and as well as further strengthen and diversify our relations.
Answering another question, the Spokesperson said Pakistan has the full capability to defend its interests as well as promote its stability and security. He, however, said irresponsible comments should be avoided as there is an element of trust and confidentiality, which is central to conducting effective diplomacy for a country and such episodes carry the potential of undermining our diplomacy and complicating our external relations.
Replying to a question, Asim Iftikhar said Pakistan and Afghanistan are brotherly countries and regard terrorism as a serious threat for peace and development. He emphasized on cooperation between the two countries to curb cross-border terrorism in an effective manner.
He said Islamabad looks forward to continue close engagements with Kabul for long term peace and stability in Afghanistan and to create an environment conducive to regional stability, economic cooperation and connectivity.