Shakil Afridi is criminal, Pakistan tells US: Jilani


Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani said Pakistan told the US that Shakil Afridi had been involved in criminal activities and violated law of the land.
Speaking at a press briefing in Washington, he said Afridi was not a hero and was facing cases in courts.
To questions after a US congress committee on foreign affairs demanded Afridi’s release, Jilani said that courts would decide his fate.
Jilani said that Pakistan had banned the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and any action against Hafiz Saeed could be taken only after availability of evidence.
He said that crucial issues were being discussed, including drone attacks, regional stability and trade during Nawaz Sharif’s visit. The foreign secretary said Nawaz had given satisfactory answers to the questions asked by US delegations during the meetings.
The official said the government’s policies on terrorism, extremism and economy had received positive response.
Pakistan will hold talks with the US for the civil nuclear technology and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his meeting with President Obama will raise the issue of bilateral cooperation in energy and other sectors, Jilani said.
He said the objective of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the US is to promote bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries in the fields of trade and economy.
To a question about US missile strikes in Pakistani tribal areas, the high official said Islamabad considers the drone campaign as violation of international laws and the issue would be on the agenda of forthcoming meeting between Obama and Nawaz Sharif.
He said the two leaders would also discuss economy, trade, regional security and ways to further strengthen bilateral cooperation. He said that US trade delegations would soon visit Pakistan.