Pakistan has defeated terrorism, PM Khaqan tells int'l media

Pauline Gross
September 13, 2017

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said his country is willing to set up joint patrols with Afghanistan to combat militants along their porous border.

Abbasi made the remarks during a press conference with the reporters on Tuesday, claiming that Pakistan does not provide safe havens to the terror groups.

"We have defeated it (terrorism)", the prime minister said while talking a group of media representatives from global outlets during an interview.

US President Donald Trump, while unveiling Afghanistan strategy last month, blamed Pakistan for playing a double game "by accepting American aid while giving safe haven to insurgents who kill Afghan and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops".

Abbasi said Pakistan was committed to peaceful resolution of the Afghan issue. They have noted that Pakistan has faced a lot of cross-border violence from Afghanistan since the 2001 U.S. invasion. Pakistan has repeatedly faced criticism that it is sheltering militants who planned or carried out attacks inside Afghanistan.

Abbasi said bilateral ties between Pakistan and the United States can not be defined only by the Afghan issue.

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In his policy speech on Afghanistan last month, President Donald Trump came down hard on Islamabad.

Trump also berated Pakistan for taking billions of dollars of USA aid while "housing the same terrorists we are fighting".

To a question about turbulence in the Pak-US relations, he said there were strong economic, political and military ties between the two countries.

Prime Minister Abbasi said Pakistan and the U.S. have a very valuable relationship since the beginning of the diplomatic ties.

The United States is holding back $255 million in military assistance to Pakistan until it cracks down on militant groups that attack Afghanistan. "Pakistan is a large market and the USA companies are getting opportunities of billions of dollars here", said Abbasi. "We have not received a list of mechanisms", he said, adding his country would continue to cooperate against terrorism as it has done in the past.

USA officials and independent analysts have long accused Pakistan of turning a blind eye to militants battling US forces in Afghanistan, even as it cracks down on other militant groups that target its own citizens.

Other reports by GizPress

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