Advisor on International Affairs Sartaj Aziz has assured Senate that there would by no means be any compromise on nationwide safety and priorities within the conduct of overseas relations.
He was winding up debate on an adjournment movement moved by Mohsin Khan Leghari and others concerning withdrawal of proposed subsidy on sale of F-16s fighter jets to Pakistan by america Administration.
The Advisor stated the federal government is pursuing the problem of sale of F-16s with america at completely different ranges and boards.
He stated other than different components Indian foyer was additionally energetic in Washington to dam the sale of F-16s to Pakistan however the US Administration satisfied Congress in regards to the deal which was essential for the continued struggle towards terrorism.
Nonetheless, Congress opposed funding of those eight plane by overseas army funding of america. He clarified that the quantity is not going to be accessible on the market of F-16s however the allocations would stay there to be utilized by Pakistan.
Sartaj Aziz stated Pakistan Defence Minister has written a letter to his American counterpart highlighting the significance of F-16s within the struggle towards terror.
He stated Defence Consultative Group of the 2 international locations would meet on the finish of subsequent month the place this problem would even be considerably mentioned.
The Advisor stated that Pakistan-US relationship was on constructive trajectory over the past three years with vital progress within the realms of political, financial and defence ties.
He stated the 2 international locations have additionally been actively engaged in a strategic dialogue to strengthen their ties apart from cooperating in quadrilateral group on Afghanistan.
He stated a enterprise convention can be held in america subsequent month apart from a convention on Diamer-Bhasha Dam to generate sources and entice funding for the reservoir.
The Advisor nonetheless, acknowledged that the development in relations acquired a setback over the past three months and the choice of the US Congress to dam funding of F-16s was reflective of this transformation.
He stated there have been some calls for from the US facet together with the nuclear problem however Pakistan firmly rejected it and instructed america that there can’t be any compromise on the programme as it’s linked to the safety of the nation.
He stated there have been additionally calls for about Shakeel Afridi however Pakistan didn’t oblige.
Once more the US officers and suppose tanks have been accusing Pakistan of supporting Haqqani Community however to this point they haven’t supplied any concrete proof for motion.
Sartaj Aziz stated Quadrilateral Group on Afghanistan would meet on 18th and 19th of this month to assessment all associated points.