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Pakistan views US phone-tapping illegal

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Nov 1, IRNA -- Pakistan has described phone-tapping by the United States as illegal and said it has also raised the issue of phone-taping after reports suggested that the US has also surveillance of phones in Pakistan.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry was replying to questions at his weekly briefing when reporters invited his attention to reports that the US has tapped Pakistani phone calls.

"We had taken up this matter with the US authorities. We are in touch with them to address this matter," the spokesman said.

"Any act which impinges on the sovereignty of any country and privacy of citizens is a matter of concern. We have taken up this matter with the US and are trying to resolve this matter," Chaudhry said.

On the current tensions with India along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region, he said that Pakistan is fully committed to implementing the decision of the two Prime Ministers that is the military officers should meet to resolve the issue of ceasefire violations along the LoC and the Working Boundary.

He said tha the two premiers are in touch through their hotline contacts to normalize the situation along the LoC and the Working Boundary.

A sectoral flag meeting was held between Pakistan Rangers and Indian Border Security Force along Working Boundary on Tuesday and both sides agreed to observe the ceasefire and to resolve issues through local level flag meetings.

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