NEWS SUMMARY (14-08-1998)

Pakistan rejects its alleged involvement in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 14 (APP): Pakistan on Thursday categorically rejected its alleged involvement in the current situation in Afghanistan. "It is regrettable that, the government controlled print and electronic media in some countries, have been utilized in an orchestrated campaign of vilification against Pakistan," a Foreign Office press release said here on Thursday. History shows that the Afghans have never tolerated outside interference in their internal affairs. "It is our earnest hope that the countries sharing borders with Afghanistan, instead of raising alarms over a non-existent threat will join Pakistan in promoting peace and harmony in that beleaguered country." Pakistan has followed a principled, upright and transparent policy throughout the Afghan conflict, the press release said and added, it has offered its fullest cooperation and has supported all efforts including those of the UN and OIC to bring peace to Afghanistan, and "We shall remain steadfast to this policy."