Islamabad: Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said Pakistan would not accept flagrant transgression of its territorial frontiers and there can be no compromise on sovereignty, dignity and national honour.
Addressing the concluding session of two-day envoys’ conference of Pakistan’s ambassadors and diplomats here at Foreign Office, the prime minister said the aerial attacks on Pakistan’s Army border posts on November 26 constituted a huge setback to the prospects of much-needed cooperation between all important stakeholders.
Referring to some of the bold decisions taken by the government following the Nato attacks, the prime minister said a broad-ranging review of cooperation with US/Nato/Isaf was ordered and the two-day envoy’s conference was part of this exercise.
Gilani said the National Security Committee of the Parliament has been mandated to undertake a detailed study of the 26/11 attacks and to make recommendations on the terms of cooperation with US/Nato/Isaf.
These will be considered by the Joint Sitting of the Parliament, he added.
The prime minister said Pakistan was compelled to take these steps to safeguard its interests.
“As a responsible state, Pakistan will do whatever we can for stability and peace of our region but we will never allow anyone to undermine our legitimate interests,” he said.
Referring to future relations of Pakistan with United States, he said the cooperation with US/Nato/Isaf was based on respect for Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
He said, “We expect the US/Nato/Isaf inquiry that is being undertaken to come out clearly with the facts and provide answers to the disturbing questions that our own investigations have raised.”
Gilani said “at this particular point in time, it is imperative that all efforts should be directed for promoting durable stability and peace in Afghanistan.”
The prime minister said all principal stakeholders must be on the same page.
“We have continued to seek clarity and advocated the need for coherence, coordination and cooperation,” he added.
Gilani said Pakistan’s foreign policy is based on immutable principles.
He said, “The Charter of the United Nations, norms of inter-state conduct and international law provide the framework for our endeavours to ensure peace and security – both in our own region and the world.”
The prime minister said Pakistan has been making sincere and consistent efforts to reach out to immediate and distant neighbours to develop the best of relations.
“Sovereign equality, mutual respect and mutually beneficial cooperation have been the hallmark of this approach,” he added.
Quoting the example of Afghan refugees, the prime minister said hosting of millions of Afghan refugees for over three decades and enormous sacrifices in the war against terror amply illustrate Pakistan’s commitment to the noble values that are intrinsic to belief and national ethos.
He also appreciated the continued efforts of the Foreign Office in ensuring that the diplomacy has the resilience and efficacy to overcome all challenges posed by a complex global and regional environment.
He said, “I have every confidence in the ability and professional expertise of our ambassadors and diplomats to safeguard Pakistan’s interests.”