ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office says dialogue is the only way to resolve all outstanding issues betweenPakistan and India.

Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria in his weekly news briefing in Islamabad today said Pakistan is always ready for dialogue with India.

To a question, the spokesman said Pakistan will continue efforts for membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group.

He said Pakistan would consider about applying for the Missile Technology Control Regime when the “time would be right”.

He said Pakistan strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Turkey.

He expressed deep grief over the loss of lives in the incident and said that Pakistan stands with Turkish brothers in this hour of trial.

In response to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s recent statement, the Spokesman said no wedge could be drawn between the civil and military leadership of Pakistan as latter was committed to democratic process.

“The armed forces remain committed to support democratic process in Pakistan,” he said when asked to comment on Modi’s recent statement.

Modi had said that it was hard to decide whom to talk to in Pakistan on peace process – whether to the democratically elected government or ‘other actors’.

On return of Afghan refugees, the Spokesman said the deadline for their stay in Pakistan had been extended to December 31, 2016.

He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had graciously offered to provide every possible support to the Afghan refugees till their respectable return to their homeland and integration to the Afghan society.

He mentioned that over three million Afghan refugees were in Pakistan at present, with half of them registered with the government.

The Spokesman said the US Senator John McCain, who is also the Chairman of Senate’s Armed Forces Committee, would be shortly visiting Pakistan.

Asked if the issue of subsidy on F-16 fighter aircraft would come under discussion with the Senator, the Spokesman said the Pak-U.S relationship was broad-based and must not be looked through the prism of F-16s only.