U.S. has a nexus with India and Afghanistan, says Pakistan’s defence minister

Since then, Pakistan has gone into a diplomatic offensive, engaging regional countries that share its point of view with regards to Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s defence minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has said the onus of satisfying the United States about its concerns does not lie with Islamabad. We will explain our position.

Dawn reported that Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif would accompanying Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to the UN General Assembly session in NY next week and is expected to use the opportunity to visit Washington for a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said China, Iran and Turkey have acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terrorism during his visit to these countries, reported Radio Pakistan.

Opposing the deployment of further troops to Afghanistan, Asif said Iran, Turkey, and China have agreed that there is no military solution to the problems in Afghanistan as it should be resolved politically.

He said transfer of modern military hardware and technologies as well as repeated exceptions made for India also dis-incentivise New Delhi to engage in efforts to establish Strategic Restraint Regime. Khan’s remarks came amidst tension in ties between the USA and Pakistan after President Donald Trump accused the country of providing safe havens to terrorists. “The US knows all, but ignores the threats faced by us because of its strategic interests”.

Trump’s speech, in which he accused Pakistan of not adequately acting against terrorist sanctuaries on its soil, was roundly condemned in Pakistan, and the National Security Committee initiated a review to finalise the strategy for dealing with the U.S. ahead of Asif’s upcoming visit to Washington.

This comes as the Afghan officials have long dismissed the concerns by Pakistan regarding the presence of India in Afghanistan which has played a key role in the reconstruction of the country after the fall of the Taliban regime. “It is (a) serious (situation)”, he added.

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