Pakistan urges peaceful solution to Iran-US standoff

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Islamabad, Oct 29 (UNI) Pakistan has asserted that American sanctions against Iran are no solution to the on-going stand off between the two countries over Tehran's nuclear programme.

''We want paceful solution to the problem,'' Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Sadiq said while responding to questions at a news briefing.

He said Pakistan was committed to gas pipeline project with Iran. The project would provide gas security to Pakistan and the country would take a decision in this regard keeping its national interests in view.

Commenting on an article on Pakistan published by the American magazine Newsweek, the Spokesman said it only carried negative aspects and ignored positive things.

He described the report as false, misleading and intended to convey a highly negative image of Pakistan, betraying complete ignorance and lack of understanding about the fundamental realities in the country.

Mr Sadiq said Pakistan is a pivotal country and has been an anchor of stability in a turbulent region.

''It has played a role in strengthening peace and security and building bridges globally and in the region,'' he added.

He pointed out that Pakistan contributed to developments that hastened the end of the cold war and continue to make a substantive contribution to peace and security.

The spokesman said Pakistan has faced many challenges and always been able to overcome them successfully.

The challenges that Pakistan faces today particularly the meance of extremism and terrorism owe their origin to the unfortunate history of our region in the past thirty years.

''We are determined to overcome this challenge for the harmony and progress of our society but the world has an important stake in our success'' he added.

UNI

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