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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Saturday categorically rejected the baseless and unwarranted comments made by Armenian prime minister alleging involvement of Pakistani special forces alongside Azerbaijani army in the ongoing conflict.

“We have seen the transcript of Armenian Prime Minister’s interview on 15 October with a Russian TV referring to some unsubstantiated reports alleging involvement of Pakistani special forces alongside Azerbaijani army in the ongoing conflict,” Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said in response to media queries about the Armenian premier’s interview

“We categorically reject these baseless and unwarranted comments by the Armenian prime minister,” the spokesperson said, adding that President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan had also clarified his stance on the matter, stating that “Azerbaijani forces are strong enough to defend their homeland and do not need the help of foreign forces.”

Chaudhri said that it was regrettable that leadership of Armenia, to cover up its illegal actions against Azerbaijan, was resorting to irresponsible propaganda, “which it must stop”.

For our part, he added: “we wish to make clear that Pakistan has consistently extended diplomatic, moral and political support to Azerbaijan”.

He said that Pakistan would continue to stand by the brotherly nation of Azerbaijan and support its right of self-defence against any aggression.

“We believe that long-term peace and normalization of relations between the two parties would depend on the complete and comprehensive implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions and withdrawal of Armenian forces from Azerbaijani territories,” the spokesperson asserted.

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