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Pakistan has intelligence sharing with 50 states, says Pak FM

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Jan 18, IRNA
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri has informed the lower house of Parliament that the country has intelligence cooperation with at least 50 countries.

"We are living in a global village, and, therefore, it is imperative to have intelligence cooperation with other countries to defeat the menace of terrorism," he maintained in his brief speech delivered before the National Assembly Tuesday night.

The minister further said that Pakistan had intelligence sharing with Saudi Arabia and China besides other countries.

He brushed aside the impression that the government of Pakistan was blindly following US policies, arguing that Pakistan had always upheld its principled positions on various issues.

"Pakistan did not send forces to Iraq despite the US' and other countries' pressure.

We did not support the resolution passed by the International Atomic Energy Agency against Iran although many countries had to act otherwise," he maintained.

Likewise, he added, Pakistan did not support the option of war against Iraq at the United Nations to settle the issue of "weapons of mass destruction."

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