ISLAMABAD: The Prime Minister’s (PM) Office on Wednesday clarified that the statement of PM Imran Khan, during his recent visit to Iran, on the use of Pakistani soil was being reported out of context and the expression was misinterpreted in an effort that did not serve the interest of the country.
“There has been a lot of debate about Prime Minister’s statement on use of Pakistani soil. The statement has been largely taken out of context,” the statement read, adding PM Imran Khan was talking about non-state actors using Pakistani soil under foreign influence to carry out activities in Pakistan or coordinating from Pakistan, case in point is Kulbushan Jadev / alike and local facilitators”, it said.
In the same manner, Pakistan is attacked using 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 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 statement concluded.
PM Khan, during his maiden official visit to Iran on Monday, had resolved “to not allow any militant group to operate from Pakistani soil.”
“We have been suffering through terrorism for a long time. We have suffered more than any other country. We have lost around 70,000 people. Our security agencies must be appreciated the way they had tackled terrorism in Pakistan,” the premier had said in a press conference in Tehran.