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Does Pakistan's foreign minister mean what he is saying about Lashkar, Saeed?

02 October 2017, 01:01 | Marta Robbins

Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin the Permanent Representative of India to the United NationsReuters

India's top diplomat Syed Akbaruddin

In reply to another question, Zakaria said Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with Afghanistan. Peace in the neighbourhood was impossible to achieve unless relations with India improved, he said. Pakistan has also denied consular access to him on 16 different occasions, a point highlighted by the Indian team during the hearing before the ICJ bench.

"Their continuous targeting of our armed forces continues today as part of this Indo-US appeasement".

Pakistan on Thursday warned India against any misadventure of surgical strikes, saying it could endanger regional peace and stability.

"Dr Abdullah conveyed Afghanistan's deep appreciation for India's continuing support for infrastructure development and cap-acity building in Afgha-nistan", the government added.

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In response to a media query regarding Khawaja Asif's comments at the Asia Society in NY, the Spokesperson said that while referring to anti-Pakistan Indian activities in Afghanistan such as the launch of terrorist attacks in Pakistan with the help of the terrorists outfits based in Afghanistan namely; TTP, JuA, LeJ, etc., the Foreign Minister also mentioned Kulbushan Jhadev, a serving Indian Naval Officer working for Indian intelligence agency RAW. Azerbaijan and the U.S. have always worked together to counteract the proliferation of nuclear weapons and drug trafficking, as well as ensure security in the Caspian region and beyond. For many years, the U.S. has been supportive of building Pakistan's capacity and helping us overcome our challenges.

Apart from citing security clearance from intelligence agencies, the ministry said that some countries have expressed concern over the MML which used a social media campaign with the JuD head Hafiz Saeed's photographs on the banners. "We hope, as India has announced, it would contribute further that one year target of full operationalisation of Chabahar would be met". "This is what we are working to secure with our friends and partners in the United States".

It is assumed that Asif was referring to the Afghan national security advisor Mohammed Hanif Atmar. "Pakistan's efforts should be rewarded by the worldwide community". Pakistan's economic growth has picked up, tax receipts have risen, inflation is under control with stable foreign remittance flows and vibrant stock market. "In this context, both sides expressed determination to strengthen the Air Freight Corridor and also welcomed the steps being taken to operationalise the Chahbahar port, including the forthcoming supply of wheat to Afghanistan from October 2017", he said.

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