Pak concerned, asks Dhaka to respect 1974 agreement

Conviction of JI leaders in Bangladesh

Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad

Pakistan Thursday voiced concerns over the conviction of six more members of Jamaat-e-Islami by what Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said a so-called war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh.
“We hope Bangladeshi government will uphold its commitment as per the tripartite agreement of 1974. Pakistan believes that the matter needs to be addressed in a forward looking approach,” stated the spokesperson at his weekly news briefing.
The spokesperson said RAW has developed a robust network with terrorist outfits such as TTP, Daesh and Jamaatul Ahrar in Afghanistan to carry out subversive activities in Pakistan. “We have shared evidence with the Afghan government in this regard and expect that it will take necessary action against the terrorists,” he said adding Afghanistan should not allow its territory to be used against Pakistan.
Responding to a question about increased opium production in neighboring Afghanistan, the spokesperson pointed out that narco-trafficking is considered to be one of the major sources of terrorist financing in Afghanistan.
He said the issue of opium cultivation and drug production poses a serious threat to the socio economic development, security and stability of not only Afghanistan but the surrounding region.
He said the Afghan government needs to take urgent steps for eradication of this menace.
When asked about the denial of entry to estranged Baloch leader Mehran Marri by Switzerland, Dr Muhammad Faisal said Pakistan continues to impress upon friendly countries to deny space to individuals posing threat to sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan. He said we are determined to redouble our efforts in this regard.
He said Switzerland realized that Mehran Marri is a threat to its national interest and security and denied him the entry.
He noted it is not in favor of any country to allow terrorists on its soil.
To a question, the spokesperson said the US defense secretary is expected to visit Pakistan in the next few weeks. Dates are being worked out.
The spokesperson said that Pakistan had offered on humanitarian ground to arrange a meeting between Kulbushan Yadav and his spouse. He said the Indian response that the mother should also be allowed to accompany the wife to meet Kulbushan is under consideration.

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