ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Thursday urged India to do away with its practice of hurling unsubstantiated terror allegations against Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported.
Speaking at a weekly news briefing in Islamabad, Foreign Office Spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah said such practice undermines collaborative efforts to eliminate terrorism from the region.
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"Terrorism is a problem for Pakistan and the world at large, not just India," Khalilullah emphasised.
Commenting on the joint Indian-French statement on terrorism, the spokesperson said Pakistan has rendered a large amount of sacrifices in war against terror, aiming to make the world a safer place, which has been appreciated by countries across the globe.
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Further, responding to a question regarding bilateral talks between Pakistan and India, the spokesperson said foreign secretaries of both countries are in touch with each other to finalise a date for the talks.
According to media reports, talks are expected to take place in February. However there is no official confirmation from the two sides.
"We hope that India will share the outcome of its investigations into the Samjhota Express blasts in 2007, as a result of which several Pakistanis lost their lives," the minister said while answering another question.
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Saudi Arabia and Iran have appreciated Pakistan's efforts in seeking mediation between the two countries, despite the recent statement by the Saudi Foreign Minister in which he denied Pakistan's role as a mediator, the Foreign Office said on Thursday.
Speaking at the briefing, Khalilullah refused to comment on Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Adel al Jubeir's remarks.
Khalilullah, however, insisted that during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's recent visit to Riyadh and Tehran, both countries welcomed Pakistan's mediation offer.
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Al Jubeir this week, denied the existence of any Pakistani mediation between the Kingdom and Iran amid ongoing tensions.
“Some countries had offered to mediate and communicate ideas between Riyadh and Tehran, but there will be no mediation unless Iran responds positively,” Adel al Jubeir said while addressing the media on the sidelines of the first ministerial session of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)-India Cooperation Forum.
“There won’t be any mediation because, for 35 years, Iran has adopted a hostile approach toward Arab countries by meddling in their internal affairs, sowing sectarian strife and backing terrorism as confirmed by numerous strong evidences,” the minister added.
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