Not yet raised Rafale sale to India issue with France, says Pakistan

By: News Desk      Published: 04:23 PM, 30 Jul, 2020
Not yet raised Rafale sale to India issue with France, says Pakistan

Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Ayesha Farooqi's Thursday said Pakistan has not raised the issue of sale of Rafale planes to India with France yet, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The Foreign Office spokesperson in a weekly press briefing said, “Foreign has bilateral relations with other countries including France and various issues have always been discussed with these countries.”

The spokesperson said that India is equipping the Indian Ocean with nuclear weapons and has become the largest importer of weapons in the world. “Pakistan is aware of the whole situation and ready for any misadventure. We have seen the news of the purchase of Rafale planes by Delhi.”

It is pertinent to note that on Wednesday India received the first five Dassault Rafales which arrived at Ambala Airforce Station. These 5 Rafales include 3 single-seater and 2 twin-seater aircraft. The five Rafales, out of the 36 contracted from France in $8.7 billion inked in September 2016.

The spokesperson said, “BJP's Hindutva agenda is a threat to peace in the region and Indian government's actions are dangerous for minorities.” “India has not yet responded to the third consular access to Kulbhushan,” the FO spokesperson said.

Ayesha Farooqi said it has been 300 days since India committed illegal moves in Occupied Kashmir.

Pakistan has also condemned the ban on Eidul Azha prayer offerings in the Occupied Valley. “India continued firing violations along the Line of Control (LOC) without provocation. The UN should take notice of India's illegal actions as these are violations of international law,” the spokesperson said.

Pakistan welcomes ceasefire in Afghanistan

In a press statement issued the Foreign Office spokesperson said that Pakistan welcomes three-day ceasefire announced by the Taliban on the occasion of the Eid-Al-Adha throughout Afghanistan.

“We also welcome the reciprocal announcement by the government of Afghanistan. We believe this is a positive development towards advancing the goal of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and hope that further steps will be taken to implement the U.S.-Taliban Peace Agreement leading to Intra-Afghan negotiations,” the statement reads.

Pakistan, on its part, remains committed to a peaceful, stable, democratic, prosperous and united Afghanistan, at peace with itself and with its neighbours, spokesperson said.