New US Afghan policy one-sided, ignored ground realities: Pakistan Senate report

New US Afghan policy one-sided, ignored ground realities: Pakistan Senate report

"Other regional and global issues would also be on the agenda", he said.

Asif had been invited by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to visit the U.S. but he delayed it until Donald Trump announced the new Afghan policy.

"In the past, Pakistan has been a valued partner", he said, adding, "But Pakistan has also sheltered the same organizations that try every single day to kill our people". My research suggests that Pakistan is not following a conscious policy of "harboring terrorism". After 9/11, the USA declared Pakistan a major non-Nato ally in 2002 as part of its "War on Terror". He sternly warned Pakistan against providing safe heavens to terrorists.

He recognized the sacrifices made by Pakistani law enforcement agencies and the military.

"This is a fact that Pakistan is very important and that is why Russian Federation and China opposed pressure on Pakistan after President Trump unveiled his review for the region".

The Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said Taliban had no need to hide in Pakistan, since they held more than 40 per cent of Afghanistan. This is because peace and stability in Afghanistan is in Pakistan's own interest as the country is pursuing an ambitious economic agenda that demands tranquillity and stability not just in Pakistan but also in the region.

However, the Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman said the differences between Islamabad and Washington over the new policy did not mean a rupture in ties.

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The envoy said their efforts towards eliminating terrorism should be recognised by the global community.

Janjua underlined the importance of Pakistan-China strategic partnership, calling for closer cooperation between the two nations to promote peace and stability in the region.

Asif on Monday said suspension of official visits and talks are a mark of protest against Trump's criticism towards it.

Pakistan's media stated that Bajwa met his Afghan counterpart Gen. Sharif Yaftali on the sidelines of a Quadrilateral Counter Terrorism Coordination Mechanism (QCCM) meeting in Tajikistan on Sunday and discussed the situation in Afghanistan.

Any effort to isolate Pakistan would face problems from China, which has deepened political and military ties with Islamabad and invested almost US$60 billion in infrastructure in Pakistan.

"India outstrips Pakistan in fissile material production exponentially", he maintained, adding no other non-member of Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty was increasing its fissile material stocks as was the case with India. Trump continued, "But that will have to change, and that will change immediately".