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Pakistan a bridge to promote regional connectivity: Spokesperson

Islamabad, Pakistan foreign ministry spokesperson says all regional connectivity projects related to Pakistan are important and the country is cognizant of its role as an important bridge to promote regional connectivity, economic cooperation and development.

Dr Muhammad Faisal replying to a question regarding future of IP, TAPI and CPEC amid US pressure at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday said for long-term stability in the region Pakistan's national interests remain the main decisive factor.

Connectivity, energy-related and economic projects are important factors in any evolving political and economic situation in a region. In this context all regional connectivity projects related to Pakistan are important, he noted.

To another question he stated the fence is being constructed at Pak-Afghan border with the objective to regulate movement of men and material as part of counter terrorism efforts. He said it will also be important for long-term regional stability and improvement of relations between the two countries.

The spokesperson said Pakistan and Afghanistan are engaged in developing a time bound repatriation plan for the early and complete return of Afghan refugees to their homeland. In this regard, an afghan delegation will soon be visiting Islamabad for consultations.

Responding to a question, the spokesperson rejected as baseless the allegations hurled by the Afghan officials that elements from Pakistan were also involved in the recent terror attack in Ghazni. He said there is no evidence to back up the spurious accusations.

The spokesperson said Pakistan has always supported an Afghan led and Afghan owned peace process and it will welcome any ceasefire agreement between the parties there.

Dr Muhammad Faisal reiterated Pakistan's support for the people of Turkey in their quest for peace and prosperity. He said that Pakistan is opposed to imposition of any unilateral sanctions on any country.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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