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Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

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He said there have been some de­mands from the US side in­clud­ing the nu­clear is­sue but Pak­istan firmly re­jected it and told the United States that there can­not be any com­pro­mise on the pro­gramme as it is linked to the se­cu­rity of the coun­try.

He said there were also de­mands about Sha­keel Afridi but Pak­istan did not oblige. Again the US of­fi­cials and think tanks have been ac­cus­ing Pak­istan of sup­port­ing Haqqani Net­work but so far they have not pro­vided any con­crete ev­i­dence for ac­tion.

Sar­taj Aziz said Spring of­fen­sive of Afghan Tal­iban also caused rip­ples in the re­la­tion­ship. He said af­ter Kabul at­tack on 19th of last month the US and the Afghan govern­ment sus­pended the di­a­logue and opted for use of force but Pak­istan has been re­ject­ing this op­tion say­ing it has not paid for four­teen years.

“How­ever Pak­istan is not against tar­get­ing ir­rec­on­cil­able el­e­ments if ne­go­ti­a­tions fail.”

The Ad­vi­sor said Quadri­lat­eral Group on Afghanistan would meet on 18th and 19th of this month to re­view all re­lated is­sues.

Sar­taj Aziz said is­sues be­ing de­bated dur­ing US Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tion have also caused ir­ri­tants in the re­la­tion­ship.

He said in re­sponse to In­dian ob­jec­tions to sale of F-16s, Pak­istan has drawn at­ten­tion of Wash­ing­ton to­wards re­cent Indo-US de­fence deal cau­tion­ing that this could dis­turb strate­gic bal­ance threat­en­ing peace in the re­gion.

Pak­istan has sen­si­tized the United States that it does not be­lieve in arms race but would be left with no op­tion to bol­ster its de­fence if In­dia’s de­fence ca­pa­bil­i­ties were en­hanced to the dis­ad­van­tage of Pak­istan.

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