Afghan endgame: Pakistan’s importance to ‘multiply’, says Dobbins

Published: April 25, 2014
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US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan James Dobbins. PHOTO: FILE

US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan James Dobbins. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

A top US diplomat on Thursday said Pakistan’s importance was going to ‘multiply’ in the aftermath of the withdrawal of US-led international forces from neighbouring Afghanistan later this year.

The assurance came from US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan James Dobbins, who held separate meetings with Prime Minister’s Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

Dobbins, who is a pointman of US President Barrack Obama for the region, is currently on a visit to Islamabad to discuss key issues including the democratic transition in Afghanistan as well as the post-2014 scenario.

During meeting with the interior minister, the US envoy dismissed perceptions that Washington’s priorities might change with regard to Pakistan post-2014.

According to the official statement issued by the interior ministry, Dobbins pointed that Pakistan’s importance would further increase in the wake of drawdown of US-led forces from Afghanistan.

“Overall regional situation came under discussion during the meeting, which was also attended by US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G Olson,” said the statement.

He assured the minister that US views the Nawaz Sharif-led government as a reliable partner in the pursuit of peace and was committed to a multi-faceted and long-term relationship with Pakistan.

During the meeting between PM’s Advisor and Dobbins, the two sides discussed a whole range of issues including bilateral cooperation as well as current situation in Afghanistan and the peace efforts.

Aziz, according to foreign ministry statement, emphasised the importance Pakistan attaches to deepening Pakistan-US bilateral cooperation in all fields.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 25th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Parvez
    Apr 25, 2014 - 2:45PM

    Pakistans ‘ importance to multiply ‘ can be read as : ……we are dumping the baby and hope that Pakistan picks it up…….of course we understand a cost is involved, but we’ve gone down the road before.

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  • AnisAqeel
    Apr 25, 2014 - 4:47PM

    @Parvez:
    It is the US’s support that saved Pakistan on any critical and difficult times, the support that goes many folds compared to Saudi Arabia and China. It only takes a grateful person to appreciate.

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  • unbelievable
    Apr 25, 2014 - 5:53PM

    @Parvez: Playing both sides of a war seldom draws sympathy. In this case the “baby” has grown up, doesn’t like/appreciate Pakistan, and is likely going to seek retribution. I suspect your going to find out what it’s like when your neighbor makes speeches about peace and being helpful while providing sanctuary to people who want to overthrow your elected govt.

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  • Major Iqbal
    Apr 25, 2014 - 10:23PM

    “Dobbins pointed that Pakistan’s importance would further increase in the wake of drawdown of US-led forces from Afghanistan.”

    Bad news for Afghans.

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  • baha
    Apr 26, 2014 - 12:41AM

    Having the geriatrics club negotiate on behalf of Pakistan is like the US deciding unilaterally. Our importance will stay the same ZERO

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