Islamabad: Amidst heightened tensions with Iran over missing Iranian border guards, Pakistan today said there are no clues of their presence on its soil.
“Our authorities have combed Pakistani territory in search of missing Iranian guards, however, there are no clues that they are in Pakistan,” Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said at her weekly press conference.
The spokesperson said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also discussed this issue on telephone last night and the tone of discussion was very polite.
She said Pakistan and Iran enjoy deep-rooted multifaceted ties and were cooperating on the issue of four missing guards.
The spokesperson said Iranian guards went missing last month at least 5-10 kilometers inside Sistan and an organisation, Jaish-ul-Adl, claimed the responsibility for the missing guards.
She said Pakistan will extend its all possible cooperation to Iran for the recovery of these guards.
Replying to a question, Aslam told the dead body of killed Iranian guard was not found from Pakistani territory.
The spokesperson said Pakistan has very good relations with Iran and there has been a joint mechanism for discussing the security cooperation.
The spokesperson said on the issue of missing Iranian security guards, Pakistan is neither apologetic with Iran and nor wants that Iran will have aggressive attitude.
On Nuclear Supplier Group, the spokesperson said Pakistan feels it qualifies for NSG status.
“We have sought the status of NGS for our energy requirements,” she added.
On the issue of drone attacks, the spokesperson hoped that United States will maintain its recent policy on drones as they are counterproductive.
She said there has been a broad international consensus against drones.
Referring to EU Parliament’s resolution, she told it demands from all European countries to refrain from becoming party on drone strikes.