ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has said it wants friendly relations with all neighbouring countries but if anyone indulges in aggression against the country, a matching response will be given.

“Pakistan has always desired a good, friendly relationship with all neighbouring countries. If any country dares to perpetrate aggression against Pakistan then we will take all steps for safeguarding our interests.  We are gravely concerned over the recent statements given by Indian leadership. Such statements can lead to undermine the peace of the region. If any country goes for any aggression against Pakistan then we know how to respond to any threat in a befitting manner,” F.O spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah said this during a weekly press briefing here at Foreign Office Friday.

He went on to say that the threatening statements given by Indian leadership to Pakistan are regrettable. “A decision has been taken to raise the issue of threatening statements from Indian leadership at international forums,” he added.

“Violations of human rights are being committed in Occupied Kashmir and India is giving statements against Pakistan to cover up them. Pakistan believes in the policy of non interference and is eager for establishment of friendly relations with neighbouring countries,” he added.

“Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif will contact Pakistani ambassadors in other countries so that they take up the matter of Indian  statements with the leadership of the respective country,” he underlined.

He stated that 14 Pakistani ambassadors conference deliberated over a range of issues including foreign policy, ties with Central Asian States and recent tension with India.

“Work is in progress on various projects with Central Asian States,” he added. 

Matters related to projects with neighbouring countries and economic corridor were reviewed.

“We will back the Afghan led reconciliation process. The enemy of Afghanistan is our enemy and our enemy is Afghanistan’s enemy”, he asserted.

“He went onto say that Pakistan had rendered unprecedented sacrifices for eradication of terrorism. Pakistan and Afghanistan are cooperating with each other to weed out terrorism together,” he outlined and added that both the countries will not allow the common enemy to take refuge in their respective territory nor will the enemy be allowed to hide in any corner of the region.

The FO spokesperson refused to offer any comment on the matter of slapping  ban  on Save the children in Pakistan. “Our constitution allows execution . We are meeting all the formalities with regard to execution of criminals. Only those involved in heinous crimes are being hanged. Pakistan is not violating international laws on the matter of execution”, he added.