PM statement related to militants operating from Pak was taken out of context: spokesperson

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement on Pakistani soil being used by terrorists, made during his recent visit to Iran, was taken out of context, a spokesperson from the Prime Minister House said on Wednesday.

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“There has been a lot of debate about PM’s statement on the use of Pakistan soil. The statement has been largely taken out of context. PM Imran Khan was talking about non-state actors using Pakistani soil under the foreign influence to carry out activities in Pakistan or coordinating from Pakistan,” the spokesperson clarified following criticism by some politicians from the opposition over the premier’s remarks.

“Case in point is Kulbhushan Jadhav/alike and local facilitators. In the same manner, Pakistan is attacked using the soil of Iran and Afghanistan. The same was clearly stated by the PM during his visit to Iran while referring to the latest incident in Balochistan. This is why the PM is making all-out efforts for peace across the whole region.

“PM’s statement being linked to any other context is an effort to misinterpret the expression which doesn’t serve Pakistan in any way,” the spokesperson added.

Prime Minister Imran, during his maiden official visit to Iran on Monday, had resolved “not to allow any militant group to operate from Pakistan’s soil.”

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