ISLAMABAD - Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said that government knows how to tackle those who may attempt to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as whole nation is united to make the project a complete success.

Talking to media persons and scholars at a breakfast yesterday, the foreign secretary said that certain elements were out to create chaos in Balochistan, but the government and people of Pakistan were fully prepared to deal with any outfit or a country which had any problem with CPEC as it would turn out to be an economic game changer.

Admitting the trust-deficit between Pakistan and India, Secretary Foreign Affairs Aizaz Chaudhry said whenever the stalled dialogue between the two countries will resume the Kashmir issue will occupy the centre stage.

To a question on stalled composite dialogue with New Delhi, he said Islamabad made it clear to India that the issue of Kashmir could not be dropped out from these talks.

"Whenever there will be talks between Pakistan and India, Kashmir will remain on top of the agenda," he said.

He said the arrest of Indian spy Kulbushan Yadav from Balochistan had verified India's involvement in Pakistan's internal affairs.

He admitted, however, that there was a trust-deficit between Pakistan and India which needed to be removed for better ties between the two nations.

He further said that whenever the two countries came closer the non-state actors managed to sabotage the peace process by indulging in some terrorist activity either in India or Pakistan.

He said after the Pathankot terror attack in India they had decided to extend full cooperation to New Delhi as they sincerely wanted to take the peace process forward.

“Now the decision on validity of the information passed on to Pakistan by India will be made by the court of law,” he said when asked about the progress on the case.

To a question, he rubbished any linkage between the F-16 deal with United States with Shakeel Afridi, saying that Pakistan wanted F-16s for the ongoing war against terror and hoped that Washington would understand Islamabad’s position.

He said they would continue their efforts to convince United States for the provision of F-16 planes on subsidised rates because Pakistan was not in a position to pay full payment for the planes after the withdrawal of funds for the purchase of eight fighter jets.

Pakistan had earlier struck a deal with America for purchase of eight F-16 planes for which Pakistan has to pay around US $ 270 million while rest of the money was to be paid by the United States from its Foreign and Military Finance Fund which requires approval from US Congress.

The US State Department earlier this week said Pakistan would have to pay from its own funds if it wanted to buy F-16 fighter jets, after the US Congress last month withdrew funds for the deal to force Pakistan to act against the Haqqani network.

Pakistan had conveyed to the US that it did not have the money to buy F-16 jets from its resources and has cautioned that if the stalemate over funding is not resolved it may consider buying some fighter aircraft from elsewhere to meet its needs.

Among the ostensible reasons behind the Congressional hold are concerns that Pakistan has not taken enough action against the Haqqani network; jail sentence for Dr Shakeel Afridi and some other military related reasons.

The foreign secretary said Daesh had no organised presence in Pakistan, and only a few people had claimed an association with the terrorist outfit.

Pakistani agencies were fully alive to the situation to deal with any threat from these elements, he said and referred to the successful military operation Zerb-i-Azb which had virtually broken the backbone of militants across the country.

He further said that ongoing combing of settled areas under the National Action Plan would help the law enforcement agencies to flush out the remnants of the militant outfits already on run after the operation Zerb-i-Azb.

On Afghan issue, he said Islamabad considered the solution of problem was to hold negotiations for which Pakistan was making sincere efforts.

On repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan, the foreign secretary said that serious efforts were underway in this connection and hoped that the process would be initiated with the mutual cooperation of both Pakistan and Afghan authorities.

He also indicated that Pakistan will host SAARC summit scheduled for November.