USA expresses concern about future stability of Pakistan govt

Casey Dawson
October 6, 2017

"Pakistan is an indispensable reality and when multiple interests conspire, it is natural that it creates conflicts", He said, "Afghanistan is at war for past four decades, and their war entered our borders after 9/11".

The new South Asia policy announced by U.S. President Donald Trump does not account for the multiple dimensions of the Afghanistan situation and by exclusively focussing on Pakistan's alleged support to the Taliban, the setting itself up for defeat, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said on Thursday.

"There are serious threats for Pakistan due to uncertainty in Afghanistan as 50 percent of its territory is controlled by Taliban and due to TTP and other non-state actors, Army is focusing on security of western border", he further stated. "That's not acceptable... We want to cooperate with the U.S. We are the direct beneficiary of peace and stability in Afghanistan", he said. "And, numerous same issues they're struggling with inside of Pakistan are our issues".

"Yes, I believe we do", Tillerson said. We want it to be peaceful.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday said Pakistan and United States needed to actively work to achieve common objective of durable peace in the region.

"We think there is an opportunity to strengthen that relationship".

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"Achieving peace and security in Afghanistan is critical for lasting peace in the region", he added.

The meeting also signalled a gradual resumption of talks between the two countries that was paused by an upset Pakistan after Trump announced his new South Asia and Afghan policy. "It is India who is using afghan soil with the help of its nexus comprising RAW and terrorist outfits to carry out terrorist activities inside Pakistan, capturing and confessions of spy commander Kalbhushan Yadav remains no secret", he said.

Dismissing accusations of providing safe havens to terrorists in Pakistan, the minister accused Afghanistan of harboring these sanctuaries.

Secretary Tillerson, however, reemphasised the need to engage with Pakistan at all levels - instead of walking away from it - for rebuilding a relationship that has been and continue to be mutually beneficial.

The foreign minister also met Secretary of States Rex Tillerson on Tuesday in Washington.

Mr Asif had pointed out that Pakistan was winning its war against terrorism, and in contrast to other countries, the incidence of terrorism in Pakistan had seen a marked decline.

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