Pakistan and United States have agreed to continue discussions on all matters of mutual interest for bilateral cooperation and peace in the region. The understanding came during delegation level talks in Islamabad on Thursday. US Interagency delegation was led by Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for South Asia Ms. Lisa Curtis. Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua led the Pakistani side. The two sides reviewed the State of play in relationship in wake of the US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia. Reiterating Pakistan's stance for a politically negotiated settlement owned and led by Afghans, Foreign Secretary reaffirmed Pakistan's constructive participation in all regional and bilateral mechanisms aimed at pursuing a peaceful solution to Afghan conflict.

Successful recovery of a foreign couple by Pakistan Army manifests Pakistan’s commitment to work with the international community towards regional peace

Pakistan Army has recovered five foreigners being held hostage by Afghan terrorists through an intelligence based operation. Hostages include one Canadian, his US national wife and their three children. They were captured by terrorists from Afghanistan during 2012.   

Pakistan has rendered unprecedented sacrifices in war against terrorism

In an interview with VOA in Washington, Ahsan Iqbal said Pakistan has rendered unprecedented sacrifices in war against terrorism and its valiant forces have broken the back of terrorists. The Minister said Pakistan wants lasting peace in the region in collaboration with its international partners. He said both the countries have decade-old relationships, which should now be transformed into economic and social bonds.

Analysts on telephone:

Dr. Abdul Wajid (Expert International Affairs): “The operation launched by Pakistan Army to rescue a couple belonging from Canada and the US is a positive gesture and will help alleviate misperceptions between Islamabad and Washington. Pakistan has sincerely made efforts to improve relations with the US. Pakistan has been fighting a successful war against terrorism and has rendered numerous sacrifices to rid the country, region and the broader world of this menace. Pakistan Army has restored the writ of the government in areas which were once considered no go areas. The world should recognize the sacrifices of Pakistan and support it in achieving peace and stability.”

Topic: Ceasefire violations by Indian forces on LoC, Working Boundary putting regional peace into jeopardy and may lead to strategic miscalculation

Pakistan has expressed grave concerns over growing incidents of firing and shelling by Indian forces on the Line of Control and Working Boundary targeting civilian population.  Briefing Heads of Missions of the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua said these violations have resulted in martyrdom of 45 civilians and 155 injuries, including women and children this year. Director General Military Operations, on the occasion, made a comprehensive presentation on the current situation at the LoC and the Working Boundary. The Heads of Mission of China, France, Russian Federation, UK and USA assured that they would convey Pakistan's concern to their respective capitals.

Analysts on telephone:

Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Raza Muhammad Khan (Defense Analyst): “Briefing of five permanent members on Indian ceasefire violations will help spread the message that India has been diverting the attention of world community from human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir. Kashmiris have an inalienable right to freedom and India cannot suppress the indigenous struggle of local population. India has committed worst atrocities on innocent Kashmiris and subjected them to harsh and brutal treatment. Many people have lost their eye sight due to pallet guns used by Indian soldiers on ordinary people. International community should take notice of this situation and put pressure on Indian to desist it from targeting innocent Kashmiris.”

Program Incharge: Hamad Kiani

Program Host: Rana Qaiser

Co-host: Abid Abbassi

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