NOT OUR JOB TO SATISFY US: PAK
ISLAMABAD: In a strong rebuttal of the US charge that it was not adequately acting against terrorist sanctuaries on its soil, Pakistan has said that the onus of satisfying Washington about its concerns was not on Islamabad, the media reported on Thursday.
“We are here to give our point of view logically and with evidence. We will explain our position. But it’s not for us to satisfy them,” Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir told reporters on Wednesday at the defence ministry.
The government was currently “reassessing ties with the US”, and has simultaneously undertaken a regional outreach ahead of talks with the US on future bilateral engagement, he was quoted by Dawn as saying. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, after accompanying Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to the UN General Assembly session in New York next week, is expected to visit Washington for a much awaited meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Asif’s meeting with Tillerson was originally scheduled for mid-august, but was postponed on Pakistan’s request after US President Donald Trump’s policy statement on Afghanistan and South Asia. The statement was seen here as demeaning to Pakistan, dismissive of its sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.