`Don’t be threatened by Sino-Pak ties`
Indian foreign minister had expressed concerns over growing cooperation between Pakistan and China.
Islamabad: Referring to India, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has said that there is no reason for any country to be threatened by its ties with China.
When asked to comment on reports that Indian Foreign Minister SM Krishna had said the growing cooperation between Pakistan and China was a serious challenge to the Indian existence, Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua said that no country should feel threatened by Sino-Pak ties.
“Pakistan-China relations are time tested. We have an all-weather friendship. Pakistan-China relations are multi-faceted and we cooperate in a number of fields. There is no reason for any country to be threatened by this relationship. Pakistan and China are striving for the common objective of peace and development in this region,” she said at a regular press briefing.
However, when reminded about the recent incident of brief detentions of each other’s High Commission employees by Pakistan and India, Janjua said that Pakistan remains focussed on ensuring a sustained dialogue with India.
“As far as the Government of Pakistan is concerned, we are focused on ensuring a sustained and result oriented engagement with India. Mohali gave an impetus to the engagement,” she said.
Commenting on the arrest of a man named Abdul Rauf in Chile, who has been allegedly linked to the 1999 hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane, Janjua said: “It is not a matter of one individual. There were a few individuals claiming to be Pakistanis who were arrested in Chile for some visa related issues. If there is an individual amongst them of whatever name, we need not comment on it until we know the details.”
“Secondly, we need not discuss issues relating to counter-terrorism in the public domain as with India we have a mechanism on issues relating to terrorism, ie the Interior/Home Secretaries meeting,” the spokesperson added.