Pakistan wants to see peaceful, stable Afghanistan, says Asif

Posted September 03, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on August 22 that, "Pakistan must adopt a different approach, and we are ready to work with them to help them protect themselves against terrorist organisations". The recent Afghan policy announced by Trump has also worsened the diplomatic ties between America and Pakistan because of Donald Trump's address where he blamed Pakistan for harboring terrorists.

Afghanistan routinely accuses Pakistan of harbouring Taliban insurgents, while Islamabad says its enemies have found sanctuaries in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, in an Eid al-Adha message on Friday, invited Pakistan for a dialogue after the USA accused Islamabad of harbouring insurgents.

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Speaking before the assembly, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif Asif urged the government to consider postponing any visits by US delegations to Pakistan or by Pakistani officials to the United States and closing off "ground and air lines of communication through Pakistan". "It is vital to the US interests that Pakistan prevents terrorist sanctuaries", the message said.

On Sunday, Pakistan's foreign office announced that it had postponed a visit by a USA acting Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells to discuss Washington's new Afghan policy, but at the time did not provide a reason. "Pakistan should use the chance and cooperate with the Afghan government and the United States; otherwise, actions will be taken that would worry Pakistan".

The US took this decision as it had two options - either to give this money to Pakistan or return it back unused to the treasury department.

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"Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our efforts in the region".

The U.S. claims that more than $33 billion in aid has been provided to Pakistan since 2002.

The administration's notification to Congress of an indefinite "pause" in installments on a $1.1 billion military assistance package for Pakistan represented the administration's first step to make good on those promised measures.

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