Pakistan would discuss on Kashmir issue with Indian foreign secretary: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam on Thursday said that all outstanding issues including Kashmir, Sir Creek and Siachen will be discussed during the foreign secretary level talks with India.
Addressing the weekly press briefing in Islamabad, the spokesperson said the Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar will arrive in Islamabad on March 3 and hold talks with Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry.
Agenda of the talks is being finalized and is expected to also include strategic stability, people to people contacts and trade matters. The spokesperson said the visit is taking place in pursuant to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi s telephonic call to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in which he expressed his intention to send the foreign secretary to Pakistan.
“We had welcomed this initiative of the Indian prime minister,” she added. Responding to a question, the spokesperson said Pakistan has been playing a key role in efforts against terrorism which have also been recognized by the international community.
“We believe that our friends including the United States will provide necessary support to Pakistan to continue the anti-terror effort in an effective manner,” she said adding that the Obama administration in its budgetary proposals for next fiscal year has proposed to give 804 million dollars assistance to Pakistan.
To a question regarding presence of ISIS in Pakistan, Tasnim Aslam said Pakistan will not allow the outfit to establish footholds in the country. In this regard, authorities are taking appropriate measures.
She said Pakistan is against all forms and manifestations of terrorism and has launched an across the board operation against all the terrorists.