Pakistan has strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan including the one in Paktia province in which a large number of civilians were killed.

At her weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

On the Afghan presidential elections, the spokesperson said Pakistan has welcomed the amicable solution reached regarding the complaints of fraud in second round of presidential elections. She hoped the Afghan authorities and the international partners will remain successful in the next important process to be undertaken within the next few weeks.

Commenting on the conviction of a Pakistani Journalist Faizullah Khan, the spokesperson said the matter has been actively pursued with the Afghan authorities to secure release of the journalist and Afghan authorities have also promised to help Pakistan in this case.

Responding to a question about attacks from Afghanistan on the Pakistani territory, Tasnim Aslam said we have asked the Afghan authorities not to allow its territory used against Pakistan. She expressed the confidence that Afghanistan will take necessary action in this regard.

The spokesperson said Pakistan seeks resolution of all disputes including Jammu and Kashmir with India through dialogue process.

Voicing her concerns over the killing of Palestinians in Gaza, the spokesperson said our missions in New York and Geneva are working to build up pressure for immediate ceasefire.

Tasnim Aslam said Pakistan has actively been participating as observer in the meetings of Shanghai Cooperation Organization. It is a useful and relevant forum to discuss issues faced by the region. She said we look forward to become a full member of the organization.

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