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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Afghan President arrives today: FO........

ISLAMABAD: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is arriving in Islamabad Friday on a two-day official visit to Pakistan. 

This was told by Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam in her weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.
The spokesperson said, “He [Ghani] will hold bilateral meetings with President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discuss bilateral relations and regional security situation.”

She added that issues pertaining to border security will also come under discussion during meetings with the top leadership.

To a question, Tasnim Aslam refuted the news regarding a letter requesting meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit, scheduled to be held in Kathmandu later this month. She made it clear that no such letter was written.
Terming the grilling of Robin Raphel as an internal matter of the US she said that Pakistan has neither asked the US to share investigation nor has the US disclosed the reason for probing her.

"She is a friend of Pakistan and has a deep understanding of the region," Tasneem Aslam said .

When asked about the possible presence of Islamic State (IS) in Pakistan, she drew the attention of media on Interior Minister's statement and said Pakistan is against all trans-national terrorists organisations and would not allow its territory to be used against any other country.

The Spokesperson added that Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.