ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on Thursday said that Pakistan’s nuclear programme is a matter of its national defense and security which falls exclusively within its domestic jurisdiction and is therefore not to be called into question by any court including the ICJ.
Providing security to the teams in World T20 Cricket is responsibility of host country (India). Pakistan fulfil its responsibilities by providing fool prove security to teams in the past. He said that don’t have information regarding the offer to Chief of Army Staff for leading the 34 Nations Coalition.
He was briefing media persons at Foreign Office.
The question regarding the Marshall Islands had sought to bring a case against nine countries, Britain, China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, and the United States in International Tribunal. Spokesperson said that Pakistan not signed the NPT treaty, so we can’t come into the jurisdiction to it.
Spokesperson said that the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), with which Pakistan maintains no diplomatic relations, has filed suits at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against all the nine states Nuclear Weapons States (NWS) of the world.
However, in conformity with the Statute of the Court, only Pakistan, India and the United Kingdom have been asked to respond to the RMI’s suits since these countries recognized the jurisdiction of the court for certain specific issues at the time of their ratification of the Court’s Statute.
The case brought up by RMI does not fall within the scope of those specific issues over which Pakistan recognizes the ICJ’s jurisdiction. The Government of Pakistan has submitted a comprehensive written response to the Court in the form of a Counter-Memorial, seeking dismissal of the RMI’s suit for lack of the Court’s jurisdiction to entertain the RMI’s claims and the inadmissibility of the RMI’s application.
Drafted pursuant to the rules and jurisprudence of the Court and strictly limited to preliminary issues of the Court’s jurisdiction and the admissibility of the RMI’s application, Pakistan’s Counter-Memorial emphasizes that Pakistan’s nuclear programme is a matter of its national defense and security which falls exclusively within its domestic jurisdiction and is therefore not to be called into question by any court including the ICJ.
It has, moreover, been conveyed to the Court that the RMI lacks the requisite standing to institute the current proceedings since there is no dispute, let alone a legal dispute, that exists between the RMI and Pakistan. This is manifested by the fact that the RMI has never suffered any damage caused by Pakistan either directly or indirectly, and by the lack of any formal or informal communication initiated by the RMI with Pakistan until it filed its application in the ICJ Registry on 24 April 2014. This suit has, therefore, been brought without any sense of reason or responsibility; otherwise, the RMI would have, as a minimum, initiated some form of direct communication with Pakistan on the issues that are allegedly in dispute.
Spokes person said that Pakistani Cricket team either participate in the World T20 or not, it was government’s decision and if media have any further queries regarding the issue may contact to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). While responding another question he said that issuing visa for T20 World cup is host country’s purgative and if we received complains than will contact to Indian High Commission here in Pakistan
Pakistan is committed with the UFA, Islamabad declarations and other commitments made between Pakistan and India. Pakistan is part of counter terrorism and always supports and cooperate the efforts for the surging terrorism with international community and terrorism was not limited to Pakistan, but it is regional as well as global problem too.
Nafees Zakaria welcomed the acceptance of Jammu and Kashmir as disputed issue between India and Pakistan in the joint statement of 6th strategic dialogue between Pakistan and United States of America, which were recently held in Washington. While responding a question, Spokesperson said Pakistan not changed its stance regarding Kashmiri policy and Pakistan continued moral support to Jammu and Kashmir according to United Nations resolutions. Pakistan condemned Indian Army’s human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and always taken positions on Kashmir during Indo-Pak talks and also included in the agendas of talks.
In response to query regarding Senate’s resolution in which demanded for revision of Indus water treaty between India and Pakistan, he said that previously in the dialogue between two States water was also included. It was better for further information better to contact with Ministry of Water and Power and Indus Water Commission regarding the issue. He said Pakistan in the favour of people to people contact, not only artistes and cultural exchange but also both States religious delegation exchanges and people keep visiting religious sites across the border. Through these exchanges not only also boosted confidence building measures.
Pakistan trying to reduce tension in Afghanistan and Pakistan with other QCG members trying to bring different groups of Taliban to start talks with Afghan government.
Afghan President also offered for talks to different groups. When his attention drawn towards the Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in which he accepted that Pakistan was hosting Taliban in Pakistan, Spokesperson said that Mr. Aziz may be misquoted.
He said that don’t have information regarding the offer to Chief of Army Staff for leading the 34 Nations Coalitions. He said Prime Minister in Saudi Arabia to witness the North Thunder exercises in which 21 Sates and 15 leaders participating. In a question that how many Pakistan troops in Saudi Arabia he responded that it was better to contact with ISPR.