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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.

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