Pakistan rejects Armenian PM’s remarks over Special forces’ involvement in conflict

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Reiterates to “stand by the brotherly nation of Azerbaijan”

Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but populated and governed by ethnic Armenians

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) — Pakistan on Saturday rejected as “baseless and unwarranted” comments by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan that Pakistani special forces are fighting alongside the Azerbaijani army in the ongoing conflict.

Clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region started late September, with both countries trading accusations over which side escalated the conflict and shelled civilians.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at loggerheads over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh since 1988. Peace talks have been held since 1994 when a ceasefire was reached, but there have been occasional minor clashes since.

“We have seen the transcript of Armenian prime minister’s interview on Oct. 15 with a Russian TV referring to some unsubstantiated reports alleging involvement of Pakistani special forces alongside Azerbaijani army in the ongoing conflict. We categorically reject these baseless and unwarranted comments by the Armenian prime minister,” the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan said.

A foreign ministry statement said President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan has 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.

Read the Pakistani statement in full below…

We have seen the transcript of Armenian prime minister’s interview on Oct. 15 with Russian TV referring to some unsubstantiated reports alleging involvement of Pakistani special forces alongside the Azerbaijani army in the ongoing conflict.

We categorically reject these baseless and unwarranted comments. President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan has 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.

It is regrettable that leadership of Armenia, to cover up its illegal actions against Azerbaijan, is resorting to irresponsible propaganda, which it must stop.

For our part, we wish to make clear that Pakistan has consistently extended diplomatic, moral and political support to Azerbaijan. Pakistan will 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.

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