Reject baseless allegations against Pakistan in India-US joint statement: Foreign office
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence James Mattis with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the start of the 2+2 dialogue in New Delhi.
WION Web TeamIslamabad, PakistanSep 13, 2018, 10.34 PM
The Pakistan foreign office today hit out at India-US joint statement during the 2+2 dialogue which called on Pakistan to ensure that the territory under its control is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries.
"Pakistan rejects these baseless allegations (in the joint statement). Accordingly, we have conveyed our position to the US side," foreign office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said, adding that Pakistan took "strong exception to the unwarranted references" against it in the joint statement.
Faisal said that the foreign ministry is of the view that mentioning a "third country" with unsubstantiated accusations in a formal outcome document is "inconsistent with the established diplomatic norms."
He said ironically "many other thorny issues with involving the third countries were avoided in the Joint Statement by the Indian side on the pretext of the same diplomatic practice."
The Pakistan foreign office, however, added that it was ready for talks with India and was waiting for an "official response" from New Delhi.
"We are ready for talks with India. We have also conveyed our position to the international community. It remains for India to respond," foreign office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said.
Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria had recently said that "a new political window" had opened in Pakistan with the appointment of Imran Khan as prime minister of the country, although he added that India was filled with "cautious hope".
The Indian ambassador added that "booming bilateral trade" was an important stakeholder which could play a key role in India-Pak relations. "Increased bilateral trade will create more stakeholders and may lead to the absence of conflict," Bisaria observed.
Talking about the peace move, Faisal said: "We are also saying since long that dialogue is the only way forward to settle all outstanding issues between Pakistan and India. We are officially waiting for a response from India on how they want to move forward. We have a consistent position on this."
Faisal, however, added that he had "no information" from India on the offer to open the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims. Faisal also dismissed reports about any change in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). "I completely reject any insinuations against CPEC."
Faisal added that he had "no information" from India on the offer to open the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims.