ISLAMABAD - Islamabad on Thursday rejected New Delhi’s attempts to politicise the United Nations Security Council’s Sanctions Committee by raising unfounded allegations against Pakistan.

The Foreign Office spokesperson, while commenting on the statement of Indian Ministry of External Affairs and media leaks that China has blocked India’s attempts in a UN Sanctions Committee against Pakistan, said it is the most unfortunate and misleading as well as an attempt to politicise a purely technical issue at the UN Security Council’s Sanctions Committee.

“Pakistan, therefore, rejects any insinuations and politically motivated moves and attempts to question its commitment to the UN Security Council’s decisions. In fact, Pakistan supports and respects decisions of the Security Council,” FO Spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah told weekly press briefing.

He recalled that a recent complaint by India against Pakistan was discussed at one of the regular meetings of the Sanctions Committee on purely technical grounds and the committee decided not to take any action on the Indian allegations.

When his attention was drawn to the media reports that India is constructing a very strong wall behind the fence on the Line of Control in Jammu area, the spokesperson said Jammu and Kashmir was a disputed territory, so any construction in that area by India was violation of United Nations Security Council’s resolutions.

He was of the view that Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory under UN Security Council resolutions no construction on either side of the Line of Control is allowed under these resolutions.

The spokesperson said alteration on any side of the Jammu and Kashmir is not allowed as the UN Security Council resolutions are still pending for implementation.

While commenting on the interference of Indian Agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in Pakistan’s internal affairs, the spokesperson said such interferences are in violation of the United Nations Charter.

Answering a question about the BBC claim that India has been funding Karachi-based political party, MQM, the spokesperson said the Foreign Office has taken notice of the report and the authorities concerned are looking into the matter. However, in general, he said interference in internal affairs of any country is a violation of the principles of the UN Charter. It is also against the norms of interstate relations and conduct.

“I wish to underscore that peace, security and stability of our region depends on peace, security and stability of the countries comprising the region. Pakistan fully understands and appreciates this. We are, therefore, committed to a policy of good neighborly relations. We hope India would partner with Pakistan in this mission,” he added.

On resumption of peace talks, he said Pakistan had not received any response or information for resuming dialogue process. The spokesperson said that during the previous visit of the foreign secretary of India to Pakistan in March this year, Pakistan conveyed its willingness to resume meaningful and result-oriented dialogue process, but India had so far not responded positively in this regard.

The spokesperson rejected Afghanistan’s allegations that Pakistan’s intelligence agency, ISI, and its officers are behind the terror attack on its parliament, saying Islamabad will continue to support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process. Answering a question about a meeting of Taliban and Afghan government representatives held recently in China, the spokesperson confirmed that Pakistan facilitated such a meeting.

The spokesperson said Pakistan has repeatedly said that it would extend its help and cooperation whatever possible for the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process.

He said dates for the next round of such talks between the representatives of Taliban and Afghan government are being considered, adding Pakistan would ensure its full help and cooperation for this reconciliation process.

The spokesperson said Pakistan strongly condemned the attack on the building of Wolesi Jirga (lower house of the parliament) in Kabul and strong statements were issued by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Foreign Office of Pakistan and National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in this regard.

He said the government of Pakistan reiterated its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

He said Pakistan also reaffirmed its resolve to fight terrorism in close coordination with the government of Afghanistan and hoped this cooperation will go on.

Replying to a question, the spokesperson confirmed that Pakistani defence analyst, Zaid Hamid, had been arrested by Saudi Arabia.

He said it had been confirmed by Pakistan Embassy to the Foreign Office that he was arrested two weeks ago.

He said Pakistan was trying to get consular’s access while it managed to have telephonic conversation of Zaid Hamid’s wife with him. He said a meeting of Zaid Hamid with his wife is being arranged on June 30.

When asked whether Qatar has introduced new regulations regarding mandatory polio vaccination for Pakistanis travelling to Qatar for the first time or those who are residing there, Qazi said Qatar has recently introduced these regulations vis-a-vis several countries, including Pakistan.