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In Countering terrorism, the action should be in line with international laws: FO

22 January, 2015

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ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Thursday 22,January,105 emphasised the need that all anti-terrorism efforts by all countries should be within the parameters of international laws.

Commenting on the address of US President Barrack Obama about taking unilateral action against terrorist, Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam in her weekly press briefing said, “We appreciate the US for expressing solidarity with us on the Peshawar tragedy, however as regards countering terrorism, the action should be in line with international laws and cooperation amongst members of the international community.” Replying to a question about the upcoming visit of the US President to India, the spokesperson hoped the US, being a global power, will take up the issue of recent escalation on the Line of Control and the working boundary with the Indian leadership.

She said that several Pakistanis have lost their lives as a result of unprovoked Indian firing. She said that the escalation at a time when Pakistan is in the midst of a robust and broad operation against terrorism reflects that certain forces do not want Pakistan to succeed in the war against this menace. The spokesperson said that it is not in the interest of the international community including India, to divert the attention of Pakistan by escalating the situation on the Line of Control. She voiced concern over the burning of four Muslims in Assam saying this is flagrant violation of human rights. She hoped that the Indian government will look into the incident and take stern action against those responsible.

Replying to a question about the presence of Islamic State elements in Pakistan, she said, “We are alert to the threat of the outfit.” She said that Pakistan is already carrying out an across the board operation against all terrorists. When asked about the action taken by Pakistan against the UN proscribed outfits including Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the spokesperson clarified that Pakistan takes immediate action against the organisations banned by the UN sanctions committee. The measures include freezing of their assets and accounts, she said. The spokesperson once again strongly condemned the publication of sacrilegious sketches in a French magazine. She said that the Advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz has addressed a letter to the Secretary General of the OIC asking him to initiate action to criminalise the publication of blasphemous sketches as is the case in holocaust.

She said that these publications have hurt the sentiments of Muslims across the world and no freedom of expression is unlimited. The spokesperson questioned if the denial of holocaust can be criminalised then why it cannot happen in the case of Muslims where most sacred personality of Islam has repeatedly been insulted. About relations with Afghanistan, she said, “We have been able to establish cooperative relations with the neighbouring country over the past few months.” She said that both the countries are in close contact and cooperating with each other in counter terrorism efforts.

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