Pak­istan tells US to ac­cept de­feat in Afghanistan

The Miracle - - Front Page - Source: dawn.com

For­eign Min­is­ter Khawaja Asif, while brief­ing the Se­nate on Wed­nes­day re­gard­ing the talks held be­tween Pakistani and Amer­i­can del­e­ga­tions a day ear­lier, as­serted that Is­lam­abad will co-op­er­ate with Wash­ing­ton in the ‘war on ter­ror’ but with­out com­pro­mis­ing its own sovereignty. On Tues­day, a six-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion com­pris­ing Pak­istan’s top civil and mil­i­tary lead­er­ship hosted US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son for a brief visit to Is­lam­abad. Asif briefed that the Pakistani lead­er­ship told the Amer­i­can del­e­ga­tion that they should al­low their pol­i­cy­mak­ers, and not their mil­i­tary lead­ers, to de­vise a pol­icy for Afghanistan as the mil­i­tary so­lu­tion has failed and a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion is needed. “Their fail­ures over the past 16 years [since the war in Afghanistan started] is be­fore them,” Asif added. ”There will only be room for im­prove­ment if Wash­ing­ton ac­cepts their de­feat, their fail­ures in Afghanistan,” Asif said on Wed­nes­day. “They are not ready to ac­cept this.” Dur­ing the talks, Asif told the Se­nate, Pakistani of­fi­cials in­formed the Amer­i­can del­e­ga­tion that Pak­istan does not want any mil­i­tary hard­ware, eco­nomic re­sources or ma­te­rial gain from Wash­ing­ton. Rather, Pak­istan wants a re­la­tion­ship based on equal­ity with the US. Asif fur­ther in­formed the Se­nate that the Pakistani side has told the Amer­i­can del­e­ga­tion that if the lat­ter pro­vides ac­tion­able in­tel­li­gence, Pak­istan will act on it. He gave the ex­am­ple of the re­cent res­cue of an Amer­i­can-Cana­dian couple and their three chil­dren from ter­ror­ists’ cap­tiv­ity in Ko­hat. “How­ever, if they want that we act as their prox­ies to fight their war... this is un­ac­cept­able.” “We will not com­pro­mise on our sovereignty, our dig­nity,” Asif added. “Our re­la­tions [with Amer­ica] should be based on self-re­spect and dig­nity. ”He said, in con­trast, Pak­istan, which is not a su­per­power, has gained suc­cesses in the war against ter­ror. “Our coun­try, our mil­i­tary and our po­lice have made sac­ri­fices in the war and in re­turn, we have gained un­matched suc­cess.” He said Pak­istan would see fur­ther suc­cess if the Par­lia­ment, the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee and the peo­ple of the coun­try send a united mes­sage as they had af­ter Au­gust 21 when US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump an­nounced his South Asia pol­icy and lam­basted Pak­istan for of­fer­ing safe havens to “agents of chaos”. At no stage since the pol­icy an­nounce­ment, have we suc­cumbed to pres­sure and on Tues­day, for the first time, the civil­ian and mil­i­tary lead­er­ship of Pak­istan sat down with the del­e­ga­tion and pre­sented their in­put, Asif said. “At no point dur­ing the talks did we adopt an ac­cusatory tone, nor were we apolo­getic,” the min­is­ter told the Se­nate. “The in­sti­tu­tions of Pak­istan will pro­tect the coun­try’s in­ter­est,” Asif said.

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