No information received from Afghanistan on SP Dawar’s murder: FO

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ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office said that Pakistan had not received any information from Afghanistan regarding the murder of Superintendent Police Tahir Khan Dawar.

In his weekly press briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said that no information had been received so far from Afghanistan regarding the cop’s murder, and that investigation into the incident was under way in Pakistan.

SP Dawar, who went missing from Islamabad on October 26, was found dead in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province last week. He was laid to rest in Peshawar on November 15 after Afghan officials handed over his mortal remains to a Pakistani delegation at the Torkham border.

‘Set the record straight’

The Foreign Office spokesperson said that Pakistan had responded to US President Donald Trump’s tweet to ‘set the record straight’.
Pakistan provided intelligence assistance to the United States to crack down against al Qaeda terrorists, Dr Faisal noted.

“We are aware of the United States’ contacts with the Taliban and we welcome the effort made,” the spokesperson added.

On November 19, Trump had launched another tirade at Pakistan, alleging that the country “would take our money and do nothing for us.”

FO Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal

“….We no longer pay Pakistan the $Billions because they would take our money and do nothing for us, Bin Laden being a prime example, Afghanistan being another. They were just one of many countries that take from the United States without giving anything in return. That’s ENDING!” the US president had tweeted.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had fired back at the US leader, saying the “record needs to be put straight on Mr Trump’s tirade against Pakistan”.

The Foreign Office spokesperson noted that “Pakistan has invited India to hold discussions on terrorism-related issues. India intentionally refused to invite Pakistan to the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium.”

‘Indian army chief should be careful with comments’

Speaking about the Indian army chief’s recent comments on Pakistan, Dr Faisal said, “The Indian chief should be careful with his comments.”

On the atrocities committed by the Indian forces in Indian-occupied Kashmir, the spokesperson shared that the prime minister is aware of the situation in the valley.

“Pakistan condemns the atrocities by the Indian forces in Kashmir. We hail the efforts of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which conveyed firm support to Kashmiris,” Dr Fasial added, after the OIC released a statement following the assassination of Kashmiri leader Hafizullah Mir Kashmir by the Indian occupying forces.
On the prime minister’s recent two-day visit to Malaysia, Dr Faisal informed that bilateral talks were held to enhance cooperation between Pakistan and Malaysia.
“Discussion over how to combat terrorism together by both the countries was also discussed,” he added.