ISLAMABAD: Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz has vehemently rejected allegations of selling of arms for use in Syria or any change in Pakistan’s policy towards conflict in that country under Saudi pressure.
The National Assembly session was held under the chairmanship of Speaker Sardar Ayyaz Sadiq on Tuesday.
Making a statement in the National Assembly on Tuesday he said Pakistan is a responsible state and sells arms only through legal mechanism and by abiding all relevant national and international regulations. He said sale of arms also requires the end user certificate that the recipient would not sell them onward or transfer to any third country.
He clarified that during the visit of the Saudi Crown Prince to Pakistan the two sides only decided to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of defence. They already have three agreements regarding exchange of military delegations, training and employment and deputation of defence personnel in Saudi forces.
The Advisor urged those spreading rumours to act responsibly in national interests and refrain from propaganda.
Mr. Sartaj Aziz clarified that the points relating to Syrian conflict contained in Pakistan-Saudi Arabia joint statement at the conclusion of Saudi Crown Prince were in line with the consistent policy of Pakistan towards Syrian situation. He said Pakistan supports sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and cessation of hostilities by all sides. He said Pakistan is against interference in the internal affairs of another country or to advance agenda of any other country.
Meanwhile responding to points raised by Syed Naveed Qamar and Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday, Minister for Kashmir Affairs, Ch. Barjees Tahir said peaceful polling was held on 22nd of this month for by-elections in LA-22 constituency of Azad Kashmir Legislative Assembly.
He said on 24th some people blocked a road in Baloch area and when police tried to clear the road exchange of fire took place in which several people were injured from both sides and later and one injured person expired. He said judicial inquiry has already been ordered and action would be taken against those found guilty.
As far Rangers, the Minister said these were called by the Chief Election Commissioner at the request of all contesting political parties as part of the efforts to make the by-elections free and fair.
He said allegations of rigging are baseless and pointed out that PPP has its own Prime Minister with thirty two member cabinet and political appointees working in all the districts of Azad Kashmir