Pakistan offered US joint operation against Haqqanis: Khawaja Asif

Published: October 10, 2017
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Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif. PHOTO: EXPRESS

While the United States continues to suspect Pakistan’s fight against terrorists, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif says that Islamabad has offered Washington an in-sync operation against the Haqqani network.

US President Donald Trump, while unveiling his strategy for Afghanistan in August, pilloried Pakistan for harbouring “agents of chaos” and the “very enemy US forces have fighting in Afghanistan” for the past 17 years.

‘No safe haven’: Pakistan rejects US report on Taliban, Haqqani network

US and Afghan officials have accused Pakistan of sheltering the Haqqani network – the deadliest of all the Afghan Taliban factions.

“We have offered American authorities to visit Pakistan with evidence of Haqqani network’s safe havens in the country. If they find any activity [of Haqqanis] in the targeted areas, our troops along with the US would destroy them once and for all,” Asif told anchor Javed Chaudhry on the Express News show Kal Tak.

Islamabad not to bow to ‘do more’ demands

The foreign minister, who recently toured Washington and met top Trump administration officials, went on to say that army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa had made the same offer to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during his Kabul visit earlier this month.

Referring to unsavoury criticism from the United States, Asif said, “If the Trump administration exerts more pressure on us, friendly countries, especially China, Russia, Iran, and Turkey, will stand by our side.”

He further added that “If the US secretary of state and secretary of defence are coming to dictate us, we will refuse to accept their dictates…and now we will do what is in the best interest of our country.”

Last week, AFP reported that President Trump will dispatch Rex Tillerson and Jim Mattis to Pakistan in the coming weeks on a visit designed to drill home the message that Pakistani state support for jihadi groups has to end.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • PrakashG
    Oct 10, 2017 - 7:11AM

    Looks like Pakistan has been threatened with, and has accepted, the inevitability of US boots on its soil.Recommend

  • Travis L
    Oct 10, 2017 - 8:40AM

    In the past, the Taliban always got tipped off to the location where the next operation was going to happen. You have to wonder where they got their intelligence from !Recommend

  • Nikki KHAN
    Oct 10, 2017 - 9:24AM

    Stupid statement
    you should not to say thisRecommend

  • Marshall Ayub Khan
    Oct 10, 2017 - 11:07AM

    US needs to Blame someone on her failure in Afghanistan.
    Pakistan has finally agreed to take the blame. Recommend

  • Faizan
    Oct 10, 2017 - 11:07AM

    @ all

    Atleast Pakistan is showing a backbone for once. Regardless of who it is too. The country should look after its own best interests as does every other country in the world. Recommend

  • Indian
    Oct 10, 2017 - 12:37PM

    I think USA now has understood the double game of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sad but True
    Oct 10, 2017 - 12:54PM

    Instead of waiting for the USA to knock you down, break off relations with them and go with the countries you mentioned.Recommend

  • Jalbani Baloch
    Oct 11, 2017 - 12:18PM

    If our house is in order and we remain united as Pakistanis, no pressures or threats will work on us. Recommend

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