Jan 16, 2014, 5:15 PM
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Pakistan always opposed military solution to Iran’s nuclear issue

Islamabad, Jan 16, IRNA – Pakistan on Thursday said it has always stressed for a resolution through dialogue as there is no military resolution of Iran's nuclear program.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Tasnim Aslam said Pakistan has welcomed Iran’s understanding with major powers on the nuclear issue.

"Pakistan’s position has always been that there is no military solution to the Iranian nuclear issue. We have all along emphasized to all the interlocutors that a settlement of this issue should be found through dialogue and this settlement has vindicated Pakistan’s position. We hope that it is implemented in letter and spirit," she said.

She told her weekly briefing that Pakistan and Iran do not require a new agreement on the gas pipeline project as an agreement already exists between the two countries in this regard. She‚ however‚ said adjustments can be made regarding the timeline of the project.

"The gas pipeline is a bilateral issue between Pakistan and Iran. We have an agreement already, why would we sign a new agreement," she asked when her attention was drawn towards reports that Pakistan is likely to sign another agreement on the pipeline.

"There may be an adjustment of the timeline but that does not require a new agreement. The progress on pipeline has been slow because of the funding issues and not because of the US. Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline is not going to be specifically on the agenda of Pakistan-US Strategic Dialogue," she said.

Tasnim Aslam said that Prime Minister's advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security has left for Morocco to attend meeting of Al-Quds Committee. She said Pakistan desired peaceful resolution of Palestine issue.

She said the right of Palestinians for having a viable state with Jerusalem as its capital should be respected.

She rejected as provocative recent remarks by Indian army chief that Pakistan is involved in border violations and that India could not be expected to stick to rules if the neighbour was breaking them.

Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh said this week that ceasefire violations by Pakistan have been to aid infiltration of militants into Kashmir.

Pakistan foreign Ministry rejected the remarks and said it always wants to maintain peace on Line of Control (LoC), which divides the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region.

“Provocative statements may worsen the situation,” she said.

The spokesperson said that in year 2013‚ military and civilian causalities were witnessed due to Indian unprovoked firing incidents on Line of Control.

She said progress has been made recently for improvement in the situation as a result of the recent meeting of the Director General for Military operations of the two countries. The meeting was held last month for the first time in 14 years. They had agreed to implement the 2003 ceasefire agreement.

The two militaries exchanged harsh words two days after Pakistan military said that Indian firing injured a Pakistani civilian along the Line of Control.

The incident took place after weeks of a lull in firing on the LoC in the disputed Kashmir region.

Pakistan and India routinely accuse each other of launching deadly attacks on the other side and violating the 2003 ceasefire along the LoC.

Guns had been relatively silent along the LoC since the ceasefire, however, the escalations along the LoC in recent months had caused tensions between the uneasy nuclear neighbours.

Prime ministers of the two countries met in New York in September and had instructed their military officials to meet and discuss implementation of the ceasefire agreement.