Pak wants resolution of all outstanding water issues with India


The National Assembly was informed on Friday that Pakistan wants resolution of all outstanding water issues with India under the provisions of Indus Basin Treaty.
Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Palwasha Khan told the House during question hour that Islamabad has diligently being voicing concerns on the violation of Indus Water Treaty committed by India.
She said all possible efforts have been made at diplomatic levels to impress upon India that it is in the interest of both the nations that the water treaty be respected.
About relations with Russia‚ she said Pak-Russia bilateral relations are now characterized by intensification of high level visits‚ mutual trust‚ better understanding and convergence of views on important political and security issues including regional stability‚ combating terrorism and drug trafficking.
On a question about drone strikes in tribal areas‚ Palwasha Khan said Pakistan has a clear stance on it and consider them as violation of our territorial integrity and sovereignty.
About the presence of foreign militants in the tribal areas‚ the Parliamentary Secretary said they also pose greater threat to our security and sovereignty.
She said that about 8715 Pakistani prisoners are languishing in foreign jails including 315 in Afghanistan and 403 in India.
She said Interior Minister Rehman Malik is visiting India and he will raise the issue of the release of Pakistani prisoners.
Special cell for Overseas Pakistanis has been set up besides signing bilateral agreements with different countries for the release of prisoners languishing in foreign jails.