ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday termed the ongoing military action in the North Waziristan Agency (NWA) as its “internal affair”, claiming that the country has not sought assistance from any state for helping out the victims of operation Zarb-e-Azb.
“We have very clear instructions from the prime minister that we will not seek outside assistance,” Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam told a weekly press briefing on Thursday. “Pakistan has neither made nor intends to make a request for international assistance. It has been made very clear that all expenditure related to temporarily displaced Pakistanis will be met from our own resources,” she said.
The statement comes in the context of Islamabad not having requested the United Nations for launching an appeal with the international community to facilitate the internally displaced persons (IDPs) but has requested the world body to extend its already ongoing humanitarian operations in the north west, where over 930,000 victims of previous humanitarian emergencies are already being assisted, to the provision of assistance to over 833,000 IDPs of NWA.
“Hopefully, after the operation is over, the people who had to leave their homes in North Waziristan will also go back. Our own resources will be mobilised to settle them and to restore their normal life. We have very clear instructions from the prime minister that we will not seek outside assistance,” Tasnim Aslam said in the briefing. Asked if there was any kind of “communication” between Pakistan and the states like China and Russia regarding NWA operation, the spokesperson said, “There is no specific communication about the operation in North Waziristan, which is our internal matter. But we have regular contacts and conversations with Beijing and Moscow. You know that with Beijing, our interactions have been multi-dimensional and with Moscow also our interaction is increasing. We have seen only positive reaction to Pakistan’s very focused and comprehensive operation to eliminate terrorism.” Replying to a question about Pakistani prisoners in China, the spokesperson said Pakistan has not received any report that Pakistani prisoners were not properly treated.
While the UN says more than 112,500 people from NWA have gone across the border, the FO representative said Pakistan did not have any exact number in this regard. “Many of those who crossed over went to stay with their families. We have received information that as more and more area is being cleared these families have started to return. There are reports that already about 14,000 people have come back.” In the year 2010, the UN had launched one of its major appeals worldwide for the assistance of millions flood-hit masses in Sindh and other parts. The FO spokesperson, however, stated that no appeal was launched then.
On the issue of Indian government’s intimation to the United Nations Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) in New Delhi to vacate its office, the spokesperson said this move can not change Pakistan’s stance that Kashmir was still a disputed territory. She said under the United Nations Security Council resolution, Jammu and Kashmir was a disputed territory and it will remain in such position until and unless, the UNSC resolution were implemented. The spokesperson clarified that Pakistan had not accepted India’s claims that Kashmir was its integral part. “We do not accept accession of Kashmir to India”. On two US drone attacks that targeted terror suspects in Dattakhel area of NWA on Thursday, Tasnim Aslam said Pakistan did not have any confirmation of the attacks.
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