Pakistan Friday dismissed reports that China has halted payments on any of China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects in the country.
FO Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal at his weekly briefing, said there was no news from Beijing that the Chinese government was halting funding for any of the projects, adding that execution of payments takes place in a specific manner.
CPEC is a mega project and Pakistan attaches high importance to the security of Chinese working here, the spokesperson said.
Regarding the inclusion of other countries in Chinese Belt and Road Initiative of which CPEC is the flagship project, he said the project is for cooperation and connectivity and Pakistan and China are working out modalities in this connection as many countries have expressed their interest in joining the project.
The spokesperson responding to questions stated that ungoverned territories in Afghanistan not only pose threat to stability of Afghanistan but security of the whole region.
He said Pakistan has expressed its concerns as over forty three percent area of Afghanistan is out of the control of Afghan Government and attracts terrorist groups from across the world including ISIS.
The spokesperson said Pakistan expects that the Afghan Government and the Resolute Support Mission take action to bring these territories under control.
He said Indian arms build up has also pushed region into arms race fomenting instability in the whole region.
He said Pakistan’s armed forces are ready to defend the country’s borders in case of any threat.
Referring to the martyrdom of a sepoy and officer of Pakistan Army in terrorist attack in North Waziristan this week, the Spokesperson said as the sacrifices of our valiant armed forces continue in the war against terrorism, Pakistan remains committed to root out this menace from its soil.
The Spokesperson said the OIC summit in Istanbul has rejected in strongest terms and declared null and void the decision of US administration regarding Al Quds Al Sharif. He said the Summit called upon all countries to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of state of Palestine.
Dr Muhammad Faisal said we have received response from India regarding visit of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav‘s mother and wife and they will come to Pakistan and have meeting with him on 25th of this month.
He said Pakistan has submitted a comprehensive counter memorial document before the International Court of Justice regarding the Kulbhushan Jadhav case covering all legal aspects.
He said Pakistan’s election as member of UN Committee for Program and Coordination and membership of its Economic and Social Council are endorsements of Pakistan’s proactive role and engagement in UN system.
Replying to a question regarding SAARC summit, he said Pakistan is pursuing policy of constructive engagements within the context of Association and looks forward to hosting the 19th SAARC summit in Islamabad. He said Pakistan and United Sates are finding common grounds for enhanced bilateral cooperation and this is a continuous process.