After Afghan pullout: Keep funds flowing, Fatemi urges US

Fatemi says Pakistan expects assistance from US in case it fails to root out terrorism in next year or so.

Ppi July 23, 2014


Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi on Tuesday insisted that even after the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, US should continue its aid for the war against terrorism.

Speaking at the US think tank Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, Fatemi said that Pakistan expects assistance from the US in case it fails to root out terrorism in the next year or so. Pakistan has received monetary assistance from the US under the Coalition Support Fund.

Talking to journalists he said that under Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s vision for regional peace, Pakistan has consistently made the effort to reach out to the leadership in Afghanistan, Iran and India.

“Pakistan wants to resolve political, security and trade issues with India through a comprehensive dialogue.”

He said the militants were on the run and the military action against them would continue as long as the need be.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2014.