ISLAMABAD - Terming the media reports that US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel had threatened to halt aid to Pakistan as baseless, Foreign Office Spokesman Aizaz Chaudhry Thursday said the Pak-US relations are on positive trajectory.

“Secretary Hagel had held positive talks with Pakistan leadership during his visit to Pakistan and he did not convey threat to stop assistance,” Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry told weekly press briefing.

He said the issue of suspending NATO supply was discussed at the meetings but the US Defence Secretary did not give any threat to stop aid, adding that the Pak-US relations are on positive trajectory and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Washington laid foundation for these strong relations.

He said both the countries have difference of opinion on some of the issues including drone attacks. He said that Pakistan did raise the issue of drone attacks with US Defence Secretary.

“We did raise the issue of drone strikes with Secretary Chuck Hagel. The government has taken a clear stance on this issue and has raised it with the US government at every level. The US has its own views on it, but we believe that our viewpoint is increasingly getting traction including in the international community. We believe that the drone strikes not only violate our sovereignty but also are also counterproductive to our common efforts to fight terrorism and therefore such strikes must end”, he added.

However, he maintained that such visits are useful to discuss issues where both the countries had difference of opinion.

About the status of NATO supply through Pakistan, the spokesperson said that NATO supplies are continuing through southern routes.

About Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to New Delhi, he said it is part of the efforts of the present government to normalize relations between the two countries.

He said that the Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India have decided that ceasefire on Line of Control must be respected and since then by and large both the countries have avoided any mishap on LoC. The spokesman said that the Director General Military Operations of Pakistan and India had discussed the situation of LoC on telephone on October 25 and 29 and discussed in detail.

He said due to telephonic contacts between the two DGMOs, the situation has improved across LoC.

The spokesperson emphasized that the two countries need to resume dialogue process, as it is the only way to resolve all outstanding issues. He said that issue of permission to screen Indian films in Pakistan and other people to people contacts could be resolved in the dialogue process.

To another question, the spokesperson said that Taliban leader Mullah Baradar is free and can meet any one. He said the delegation of High Peace Council from Afghanistan visited Pakistan and held meeting with Mullah Baradar. He said Pakistan has released on the request of Afghan government to help facilitate the reconciliation process. When his attention was drawn towards Iran’s concern on illegal border crossing from Pakistan, the spokesperson said Pakistan and Iran enjoy excellent relationship and a bilateral mechanism is placed to address such issues.

On the IP gas pipeline project, the spokesperson said Pakistan is fully committed to the project given our acute energy crisis.

 Discussions are continuing on several aspects of the project, including on financing, equipment, etc. It is a work in progress.