Friday, 20 October, 2017

Pakistan, US need to actively collaborate to achieve common regional goals: Asif

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Wilma Wheeler | 07 October, 2017, 00:15

"We also see enormous investment and business opportunities in Pakistan for corporate America, particularly after Pakistan's remarkable successes in the war against terror and significant reduction in terrorist incidents in the country", he told journalists.

Addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi, Ghafoor said Pakistan's eastern border is unsafe because of India's "inappropriate reactions".

Asif, in a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday, defended Pakistan's role in the war against terrorism, by claiming that Islamabad has pursued a zero-tolerance and indiscriminate approach in its campaign against all terrorist and militant groups. We have concerns about the future of Pakistan's government too... Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the same hearing that the US would try "one more time" to work with Pakistan in Afghanistan before Trump "is prepared to take whatever steps are necessary". "It was good. It wasn't bad", said the foreign minister when asked if his trip to Washington was going well.

According to Inter-Services Relations Pakistan (ISPR), the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who has been spitting venom against Pakistan, in a one-on-one meeting with General Bajwa said that Afghanistan and Pakistan were friendly countries and both shall move together towards enduring peace and stability.

The minister said that Pakistan greatly values its relationship with the United States in seven-decade long history of result oriented cooperation, and we want to build a relationship founded on mutual respect.

Pushing back strongly against the Trump administration's efforts to put pressure on Pakistan, Mr. Asif said that his country could not be used as a "whipping boy" for the U.S.'s failures in the region, and that the language of threat and intimidation was "not acceptable to Pakistan".

Mansour had been traveling with a Pakistani passport and identity card, infuriating the USA and Afghanistan, which said this was proof of the ease with which Taliban fighters were traveling throughout Pakistan. He also stressed that he does not speak against the government's policy.

Earlier, he spoke at length about the pertinent issues between the United States and Pakistan.

He had said he wanted India to provide more economic assistance and development to Afghanistan.

"This is about the importance of Pakistan, and Pakistan's long-term stability as well", he told reporters. "At the same time, probably few nations, perhaps none, have lost as many troops fighting terrorists as they have", he said.

Asif elaborated that the country considers itself a longstanding friend of the USA; and that the relationship is underpinned by certain shared values.

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