US lacks appreciation of Pakistan's counter-terror efforts, says Fatemi

Published: May 2, 2016
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A file photo of SAPM Tariq Fatemi. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of SAPM Tariq Fatemi. PHOTO: AFP

Special Assistant to the prime minister Tariq Fatemi highlighted on Monday the United States’ lack of “sufficient appreciation for Pakistan’s whole-hearted efforts” against counter-terrorism.

A two-member Professional Staff delegation of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) of the US Congress called on Fatemi, said a Foreign Office statement.

The adviser asserted the US should appreciate Pakistan’s efforts in challenging the complex issues faced by the country.

The meeting comes just days after the United States halted financial aid to Pakistan for procurement of its eight F-16 fighter jets.

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Topics concerning reduction in US defence and civilian assistance to Pakistan, and Congressional hold on some already approved funds were also deliberated upon.

Fatemi said Pakistan, under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, had taken a clear lead in strengthening its relations with neighbouring countries, with the objective to achieve regional stability and peace through enhanced economic linkages, connectivity and cooperation.

“Pakistan has shown utmost sincerity, in difficult circumstances, in taking action against all terror outfits in the country, for improvement of its relations with India, as well as to contribute positively in the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan.”

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The delegation was also briefed about Pakistan’s continued and sincere efforts, together with the US, China and Afghanistan to promote peace in Afghanistan through an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process.

The delegation noted that the US recognised Pakistan’s efforts in addressing various challenges, according to the Foreign Office.

It reiterated the steps taken by the US to strengthen Pakistan’s capacity in its counter-terrorism efforts, through continued provision of military equipment and assistance with approval of the US Congress – a testimony to the strength of Pakistan-US bilateral relations.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Nasir Shah
    May 2, 2016 - 5:17PM

    Today or tomorrow USA will have to listen what Pakistan says. Only Pakistan can handle Afghanistan. Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    May 2, 2016 - 5:30PM

    The Pakistani status is such that not the chairman or members of the senate committee but two clerical staff of the committee have come to meet Pakistan foreign minister/advisor. This is insulting.Recommend

  • Abdul Shakoor Narejo
    May 2, 2016 - 6:16PM

    Its total failure of Pakistan foreign policy makers. Still Islamabad foreign policy makers have not learn from the past relations Pak-US relation especially post cold war.It is very famous dictum that the your different national objectives and interests change your relations but your neighbors does not change. It is foolishness to depend on others for aids but not develop our own economy. Recommend

  • jay
    May 2, 2016 - 6:30PM

    @Nasir Shah:
    When will Pakistan handle itself 1st ? Have you looked inside pak? Poverty, education rate worst then some African countries, corruption, huge debts, terrorism etc etc. Forget handling Afghanistan handle karachi 1st. N plz wake up fast. Recommend

  • burger
    May 2, 2016 - 6:55PM

    So why not step up and present Pakistan’s position before one of the Senate or Congressional committee hearings on Pakistan. Answer – American politicians will ask difficult questions concerning a wide range of topics including Haqqani, OBL, selling American military technology, using strategic assets against India/Afghanistan, misuse of American donations, etc.Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    May 2, 2016 - 7:04PM

    @jay:
    after ur guy captured, theres a marked decrease in terrorism. rest poverty, education, slums are common in shining india and pakistan. maybe shining india is incredibly ahead in slums areaRecommend

  • Travis
    May 2, 2016 - 7:09PM

    I am sure, the US will begin to appreciate Pakistan’s role more when Trump becomes President.Recommend

  • Travis
    May 2, 2016 - 7:16PM

    @Nasir Shah: “Today or tomorrow USA will have to listen what Pakistan says. Only Pakistan can handle Afghanistan.”
    Why do you think Trump will even bother? Is Afghanistan or Pakistan the worst repository of fossil fuels? Or do they have the manpower resources to push the frontiers of science and technology? They have pumped in enough money. If the region cannot take responsibility, they’ll just say “adios” !Recommend

  • curious2
    May 2, 2016 - 7:18PM

    Fatemi’s response is typical of Pakistan — a distraction to avoid the real issue. Pakistan supports the Haqqani who want to overthrow the elected govt of Afghanistan and try and murder American soldiers. American politicians don’t think they should provide money to a country that supports the Haqqani – end of story.Recommend

  • Anon
    May 2, 2016 - 7:26PM

    All this for a measly 8 F-16s ??Recommend

  • Ul Logical
    May 2, 2016 - 7:54PM

    @abdul shakoor narej; its foolish to depend on others for aids….paki does not depend on others for AIDS; quite capable of generating their own.Recommend

  • NHA
    May 2, 2016 - 11:53PM

    In a way it is failure of Pakistani diplomacy. India is exploiting American dependence on it for support in Asia aganist China. While India will ” never” oblige US against China, it will fully use it for policies on Pakistan.

    Indian origin staffers of US Congressmen and Senators feed biased information to them on Pakistan. This will be disastrous for US in long run. It is time for US to take note of it .

    Indian origin scholars have already played havoc with US policy on nuclear anf terrorism issues. Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    May 3, 2016 - 12:18AM

    Wow, so America should “Appreciate” that Pakistan sheltered and supported those beloved “Good Taliban” assets (Haqqani and Afghan Taliban!) for the last dozen years or so!
    Just how much misery and death have those Pakistani Proxies inflicted in Afghanistan in a bid for “Strategic Depth” so precious to the Pakistani Deep State???Recommend

  • Zahid
    May 3, 2016 - 3:28AM

    The American never appreciated our efforts on warm in terrorism we lost thousands of Pakistan solider, terrorist killed our innocent children in Army public School what else American wants ?Recommend

  • An Ordinary Pakistani
    May 4, 2016 - 10:47PM

    Let’s give credit where it is due: The powerful, highly efficient and effective Indian Lobby on Capitol Hill (Washington D.C), that has been working relentlessly, persistently, and very silently behind the scenes, to do everything possible to undermine Pakistan’s interests in America. If ordinary Pakistanis know this , and Pakistani rulers fail to see the obvious, then you know where their loyalties lie. Of course, our nation’s tormentors are rulers’ buddies and business partners. Recommend

  • NHA
    May 5, 2016 - 9:35AM

    @An Ordinary Pakistani:

    There is more than lobbying and lobbyists . It is a policy to deny adversaries ( US & India now consider Pakistan as such in the context of containing China) any tools which can harm in the event of active hostility.. High caliber aircrafts long range missiles etc are one under focus.

    This was done in case of Iraq before US invasion. Saddam was made to surrender all projectiles capable to reach Israel, US and allied forces in the region. Once that was accomplished, going in was a child’s play. Recommend

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