Aug 222017
 
FO rejects Trump's allegations of terrorist 'safe havens' in Pakistan

The Foreign Office (FO) on Tuesday rejected United States (US) President Donald Trump's allegations that Pakistan offers safe haven to "agents of chaos", as he announced America's new strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia. Talking tough on Pakistan, Trump had said, "We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organisations," warning that vital aid to Islamabad could be cut. "We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting," he said. "That will have to change and that will change immediately."The FO, issuing a rejoinder to the US president's statements said: "As a matter of policy, Pakistan does not allow use of its territory against any country. Instead of relying on the false narrative of safe havens, the US needs to work with Pakistan to eradicate terrorism."The FO said it is "disappointing that the US policy statement ignores the enormous sacrifices rendered by the Pakistani nation" in the fight against terrorism. "No country in the world has done more than Pakistan to counter the menace of terrorism. No country in the world has suffered more than Pakistan from the scourge of terrorism, often perpetrated from outside our borders," the FO asserted. Responding to Trump's call for more US troops in Afghanistan, the FO reiterated Pakistan's view that there is "no exclusive military solution to the crisis in Afghanistan"."The military action during the last 17 years has not brought peace to Afghanistan, and [Read More…]

Aug 222017
 
'Business as usual with Pakistan now over,' warns US National Security Council spokesman

'Pakistan's concerns over India-Afghan ties an excuse' With a tougher regional policy announced by the United States (US) on Tuesday, National Security Council (NSC) Spokesperson Michael Anton warned Pakistan that it is "on notice from this president, from this administration", Politico reported.Anton, speaking to reporters on a conference call, was quoted by Politico as saying that "business as usual [with Pakistan] as it has been up to now is over", and that the US could impose sanctions on terrorist groups, including the Haqqani network, and any Pakistani officials "who are tied to these kinds of groups, you know, in ways that they shouldn't be"."I think the important takeaway for the Pakistani government last night is that, you know, they should understand that they’re on notice from this president, from this administration," he told Politico, referring to what appeared to be a shift in the US policy regarding Pakistan."The United States has been really patient with Pakistan for a really long time. We haven’t been getting a good deal from them," he claimed.Earlier today, US President Donald Trump had cleared the way for the deployment of more US troops to Afghanistan, backtracking from his promise to swiftly end America's longest war."We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organisations," Trump had said, warning that vital aid to Pakistan could be cut."We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting," the US president [Read More…]

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