ISLAMABAD: British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond has said that Afghan Taliban return to homeland after carrying out attacks in Pakistan.
The British diplomat held a joint press briefing with Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in the federal capital today during his Pakistan visit.
Hammond said it is true that militants take hideouts in eastern Afghanistan after conducting attacks in Pakistan.
“We strongly welcome the steps that have been taken to create dialogue between India and Pakistan for the security of both countries but also for long-term economic development of both countries,” the British foreign secretary said.
The British foreign minister said that Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism are admirable. It is hoped that Pakistan would cooperate in investigations pertaining to Pathankot attack, he added.
On the occasion, Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan, China and United States (US) are cooperating in Afghanistan reconciliation process. It is expected that a formal initiation would be made in the coming few days, he added.
He said that talks with India are not dependent on Pathankot incident. Foreign secretary-level dialogue between India and Pakistan would further irrespective of the tragic attack, he added.
The NSA said that a team would leave for India to assist in investigations regarding Pathankot attack. Aziz also thanked the British foreign secretary for his country’s cooperation with Pakistan in various fields.