Pakistan reacts as US unveils new strategy criticizing Pakistan for harboring terrorism
By Khaama Press - Wed Aug 23 2017, 1:04 pm
The government of Pakistan reacted at the remarks by President Donald Trump regarding the sanctuaries provided to the terrorist groups in Pakistan as he was unveiling the new strategy for South Asia on Tuesday.
“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. It is, therefore disappointing that the US policy statement ignores the enormous sacrifices rendered by the Pakistani nation in this effort,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan said in a statement.
The statement further added that Pakistan has been and will continue to be part of the global counter terrorism efforts. Pakistan and the United States have been close allies in the fight against terrorism, which is a common threat for all nations of the world.
“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 statement added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan also added “The threat to peace and security cannot be isolated from the complex interplay of geopolitics, continued existence of festering disputes and pursuit of hegemonic policies. Non-resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute remains the primary obstacle to peace and stability in the region.”
According to the statement “Pakistan reiterates its 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 it is not likely to do so in the future. Only an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned politically negotiated solution can lead to sustainable peace in Afghanistan.”