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Pakistan enjoys good ties with China, Russia, ME countries: Sartaj

Sartaj Aziz (R), Pakistan's adviser for National Security and Foreign Affairs, shakes hands with British Foreign Secretary William Hague at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on July 17, 2013. Hague arrived in Islamabad to meet with Pakistani leaders. AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs has rejected as mere propaganda the impression that Pakistan is facing international isolation.

In an interview with BBC Radio, he said Pakistan is standing at a right place in new international grouping.

Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan has very good relations with China, Russia, and Middle Eastern countries.

About Kashmir dispute, he said the issue is to be resolved by the Kashmiris themselves, as no one can suppress those who are sacrificing their lives for freedom.

To a question, Sartaj Aziz said the United States is changing its policy in order to check increasing influence of China in the world; and as India fits more in that policy; therefore, Washington and New Delhi are coming closer.

However, the Foreign Affairs Adviser said Pakistan wants to have cordial relations with the United States side by side China and other countries.

About US Secretary of State John Kerry’s statements in New Delhi, he said if he had been in Pakistan, his statements would have been different. Sartaj Aziz categorically said that Pakistan has carried out operations against all terrorists, including Haqqani Network, during Operation Zarb-e Azb.

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