on Thursday welcomed US
President-elect Donald Trump's "willingness to play any role" in resolving its "outstanding issues", which it claimed was a reference to Kashmir issue.
welcomes Trump's willingness to play a role in resolving the outstanding issues between Pakistan
and India, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir," Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said, a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
made a congratulatory call to Trump.
He said the telephonic call between Sharif and Trump was a "courtesy call" by the Prime Minister.
He said Pakistan
leadership had earlier sent messages of felicitations to the US
President-elect on his election
"We attach high importance to our relationship with the US
and would like to see it strengthen further. We look forward to closely working with the new administration. The President-elect's intention to visit Pakistan
would be warmly welcomed," he said.
A statement issued by the Pakistan
Prime Minister's Office claimed that Trump lavished praise on Sharif and offered to play "any role" in helping Pakistan
address its problems, even as the US
President-elect's transition team just described their discussion as "productive".
Zakaria said Pakistan
has been "forcefully" urging the international
community to take note of the "genocide and crimes against humanity" committed by Indian forces in Kashmir.
Commenting on Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz's visit to India
to attend Heart of Asia conference on Sunday, he said it "affords opportunities for meetings on the sidelines."
"We have said time and again that Pakistan
believes in peaceful neighbourhood and have always stressed the need for meaningful dialogue as the only viable solution to lasting peace. Unfortunately, India
has been heightening tension at the LoC and Working Boundary," he said.
"...We have always maintained that all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, should be resolved through dialogue," he said.
He said Pakistan
was participating in Heart of Asia Conference as it is committed to contributing towards all efforts and initiatives that are aimed at bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan.
"Peaceful resolution of all the disputes can make our region prosperous," he said, alleging that India
has been "instrumental" in scuttling the SAARC summit and in bringing the bilateral issues in the multilateral arena.
"Pakistan, on the contrary, despite all the negativity of India
is ready to attend the Heart of Asia Conference," he said.
On Indus Waters Treaty, Zakaria said the treaty is binding on both India
and Pakistan, especially under the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, 1969.
"The IWT has an effective dispute resolution mechanism which both India
have been utilising in the past. India
has to abide by its international
obligations, if it wants to be taken seriously by the international
community," he said.
On Pakistan's men's junior team not participating in this year's Junior Hockey World Cup in Uttar Pradesh over visa issues, Zakaria claimed that Pakistan
hockey team had applied well in advance for visa to visit India.
"Our hockey team applied for the Indian visa on October 24. They waited for visas until November 28 which was the deadline for the confirmation of team's participation," he said.
On Pakistan's missions in Washington and New York targeted by fake twitter accounts, he said "We have issued a statement in this regard last evening. Besides this, we have also identified a number of other such fake accounts, which are spreading incorrect or false information with malicious intent regarding Pakistan
and its high offices."
The fake twitter accounts alleged that the two consulates were raided by US
law enforcement agencies in connection with the Ohio terror attack by a Somalian refugee who had reportedly lived in Pakistan.
Zakaria also said the investment in China-Pakistan
Economic Corridor (CPEC) had increased to 54.5 billion dollars which would deal with energy, infrastructure and industrial development projects.