Asif asks US not to threaten or blame Pakistan

Says US statement reflects US diplomatic frustration in UN and Afghanistan


By News Desk December 23, 2017
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif. PHOTO: REUTERS

Commenting on the US Vice President Mike Pence’s statement that Trump administration has put Islamabad on notice to act against alleged terrorist safe havens, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said the claim reflects the US diplomatic frustration in the United Nations and Afghanistan.

Addressing the US troops at Bagram airfield during his surprise visit to Afghanistan, Pence on Thursday alleged that ‘for too long’ Pakistan had provided safe haven to the Taliban and ‘many’ terrorist organisations, but those days were over.

“President Trump has put Pakistan on notice. As the president said, so I say now: Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with the United States, and Pakistan has much to lose by continuing to harbour criminals and terrorists,” he had said.

Strongly reacting to his strong statement within hours, the Foreign Office had come up with a stinging reply by suggesting that allies “do not put each other on notice”. Two days after the verbal duel, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister took to Twitter to condemn Pence’s statement.

“Frustrations on diplomatic front in [the] UN & war in Afghanistan are reflected in statements of US administration,” Asif said in a reference to the US humiliation during a vote at UN General Assembly on a resolution against its decision to accept Jerusalem as capital of Israel and its failures in Afghanistan.

“..Dont blame or threat[en] us, learn from our experiences in war against terror…if that is our common objective,” Asif’s Twitter post added.

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COMMENTS (2)

Aseem Qureshi | 3 years ago | Reply Jamie Gallo!!! Could you elaborate the role of Americans in Afghanistan since they are involved in this region. they used Pakistan to defeat Soviet union and left Pakistan alone to face the AFTER SHOCKS. Americas have lost only few soldiers and crying now. See and count the lives Pakistanis have lost (military men & civilian) to "fight your war" & what Pakistan had to face after being left alone! Americans are now seeking a escape goat to blame for their defeat in Afghanistan (which is a bitter BUT fact).
thoughts | 3 years ago | Reply Perhaps FO Asif might explain to Americans just how Pakistan’s decades long support of Good Taliban proxies has ensured peace in Afghanistan!
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