Islamabad (October 10, 2017): Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal left for the United States today on a three-day visit.
Iqbal’s trip comes on the heels of a three-day visit by Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, who met his American counterpart Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser Lt Gen H R McMaster last week to convey Pakistan’s concerns over Trump’s Afghan strategy which envisages a greater role for India in the war-ravaged country.In his August 21 policy speech, Trump pilloried Pakistan for allegedly sheltering ‘agents of chaos’ – a reference to the Taliban who have been waging a bloody insurgency in Afghanistan that American forces have been unable to quell in 17 years.
Islamabad scoffed at Trump’s accusation, saying it would not become a ‘scapegoat’ for the US failure in Afghanistan.
Ahsab Iqbal would hold meetings with US administration officials during his visit.The minister will also meet the Pakistani expatriate community.
It is to be mentioned here that US Secretary Tillerson and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis would travel to Islamabad late this month.