Pakistan Supports Efforts to Restore Peace in Region: Asif

Pakistan Supports Efforts to Restore Peace in Region: Asif

Islamabad (August 24, 2017): The foreign minister Khawaja Asif told senate that Pakistan has always supported efforts to restore peace in Pakistan but in reply terrorists’ haven were made in Afghanistan to destabilize Pakistan.

“Let will not be allowed anyone to make Pakistan scapegoat to establish peace in Afghanistan,” foreign minister said in policy statement to Senate.

“Pakistan has always supported global efforts for unbiased action against terrorists and restoration of peace in Afghanistan. Pakistan will continue its efforts in future to restore peace in neighboring Muslim country,” Asif clarified.

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He went on saying that Pakistan never made any attempt to destabilize Afghanistan and will not t let allow anyone to use Pakistan soil against any country as Pakistan hope the same response from other countries as well.

“The attempts being made to destabilize Pakistan from Western and Eastern borders and to implement the designs save havens of terrorists have made in Afghanistan,” he said.

During the session other members of the Senate have also strongly denounced the statement made by US President Donald Trump about Pakistan and said the whole nation is on one page against the US new policy.They were speaking on a motion regarding the US President’s new strategy for South Asia and Afghanistan and remarks about Pakistan. They said Pakistan is a strong and valient nation and Pakistanis know well how to defend their motherland.  Senators said a national narrative against terrorism should be formulated in consultation with all the stakeholders and the parliament.

They said foreign policy should be reviewed keeping in view the national interests.

Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir in his opening statement said Pakistan had taken note of Trump’s statement outlining elements of a new US policy on Afghanistan and South Asia.

“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 to 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 us to eradicate terrorism,” he said.

During the discussion, Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani also made some strong remarks. At one occasion, he said if US president wants Afghanistan to become a graveyard of US troops, let him do so. He said government of Pakistan should cancel visit of the new foreign minister to US after Trump’s speech.

PPP’s Farhatullah Babar said President Trump was wrong in pointing the finger at Pakistan but while rejecting the US President’s arrogance, Pakistan must also look inwardly whether time had not come for abandoning the failed policy of selective treatment of militant groups.

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Earlier, Rejecting the US allegations, a national security committee meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Thursday Pakistan would not allow terrorists to use its soil against any country.

It was observed that to scapegoat Pakistan will not help in stabilizing Afghanistan. In fact, being its immediate neighbor, Pakistan has an abiding interest in peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The committee observed that Pakistan had to manage the blowback of a protracted conflict in Afghanistan that resulted in deluge of refugees, flow of drugs and arms and more recently in the shape of terrorist safe havens in eastern Afghanistan from where anti-Pakistan terrorist groups continue to operate and launch attacks inside Pakistan.

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