United States tells Pakistan to deliver regional peace for its own good

Pakistan       by Dawood Rehman | Published

Asif will also be addressing a gathering at the US Institute of Peace in Washington on US-Pakistan relations on October 5, the institute said, pointing out that Trump's speech had not only "unsettled US-Pakistan relations" but also had "serious implications for US interests in Afghanistan, nuclear non-proliferation and stability in the region". He stressed that it should be called an act of terror.

Replying to another question, he said that Pakistan has been carrying out various counter terrorism operation to maintain peace in the country and also in the region.

Tillerson also acknowledged and appreciated the sacrifices rendered by the people and armed forces of Pakistan in the struggle against terrorism.

"Ensuring security in Afghanistan is critical for the [South Asian] region", he remarked, adding "we will be the biggest beneficiary of peace in Afghanistan".

Asif will deliver remarks on Pakistan's reaction since the announcement of the new USA strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

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Responding to a question on India, he said, "sadly India did not respond" to Pakistani efforts to improve the relationship.

Thanking USIP for the invitation, he remarked that the current world is full of "chronic challenges" such as long wars, climate change and, rising intolerance and extremism along with global menace of terrorism, which claims hundreds of lives every year. Pakistan wishes to build partnership for a secure and prosperous future and to defeat the forces of disarray.

During the meeting, Pakistan foreign minister informed Tillerson that Islamabad pursued "zero-tolerance and indiscriminate approach" in its campaign against "all terrorist and militant groups", Pakistan daily newspaper Dawn reported. "Kashmiris have faced all forms and manifestations of state-sponsored terrorism". In 2015, Pakistan hosted peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government that subsequently collapsed.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif left for the United States on a three-day visit on Tuesday to hold bilateral talks with his USA counterpart Rex Tillerson and other officials on a range of issues including Trump administration's new policy for the region.

"I can not be more diplomatic", he said, adding that "relationship with India is at its lowest ebb at the moment". It wants to engage Pakistan regionally to divert its attention from the diplomatic front on Kashmir issue where Pakistan is making progress, he added.

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