Pak­istan will con­tinue to have en­gage­ment with US: Of­fi­cial

Khaleej Times - - PAKISTAN -

islamabad / washington — For­eign Sec­re­tary Tehmina Jan­jua has said that Pak­istan will con­tinue to have en­gage­ment, as far as pos­si­ble, with the US be­cause Amer­ica is not only a global power but also has its pres­ence in the re­gion, and “for us its al­most our neigh­bour”.

De­liv­er­ing a lec­ture on ‘Pak­istan’s For­eign Pol­icy Is­sues’ at the In­sti­tute of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (IBA) in Karachi on Satur­day, she said: “We need to con­tinue to have a mea­sured re­sponse to all the rhetoric com­ing out of the US,” re­ports Dawn News.

In re­ply to a ques­tion, Jan­jua said US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s tweet on Jan­uary 1 could be well thought out or he was just be­ing his im­pul­sive self, or it could be a re­sult of any other rea­son such as the fact that the US was not do­ing well in Afghanistan.

“The tweet that came on Jan­uary 1 was a tweet that came for many rea­sons. We are try­ing to an­a­lyse why that tweet came. It could have been some brief­ing ma­te­rial given to him in the morn­ing... What trig­gered it?”

An­swer­ing a ques­tion on Pak­istan be­ing put by the US on watch list for vi­o­la­tion of re­li­gious free­dom, Jan­jua said it had po­lit­i­cal rea­sons be­cause right next door (in In­dia) mob lynch­ing of Mus­lims and mi­nori­ties took place but no one took no­tice of it.

Mean­while, a se­nior White House of­fi­cial has said that China shares some of the con­cerns of the US about the ter­ror­ism prob­lem in Pak­istan and Washington is seek­ing to work with Bei­jing and other re­gional play­ers to con­vince Islamabad about the need to crack­down on al­leged ter­ror hide­outs.

The US of­fi­cial hoped that China will play a help­ful role in con­vinc­ing Pak­istan that it is in its own in­ter­est to crack­down on these groups.

Pak­istan al­ready has deep his­tor­i­cal ties go­ing back to many years and they have close mil­i­tary ties, the of­fi­cial said, adding that the eco­nomic re­la­tion­ship is also grow­ing with the China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor.

“But, China shares some of the con­cerns of the US about the ter­ror­ism prob­lem. The US is seek­ing to work with other re­gional play­ers and China would be one of the main ones to deal with this is­sue. It won’t serve China’s in­ter­ests to have ter­ror­ist sanc­tu­ar­ies in Pak­istan,” the ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial

The tweet that came on Jan­uary 1 was a tweet that came for many rea­sons. We are try­ing to an­a­lyse why that tweet came. It could have been some brief­ing ma­te­rial given to him in the morn­ing Tehmina Jan­jua, For­eign Sec­re­tary

said on con­di­tion of anonymity.

The of­fi­cial was quick to point out that China has been play­ing a more help­ful role in terms of en­cour­ag­ing bet­ter re­la­tions be­tween Afghanistan and Pak­istan.

It is tak­ing a more ac­tive role in that re­gard. “So, I would dis­agree with the as­ser­tion that China will not play a help­ful role,” the of­fi­cial told a group of re­porters in Washington on Fri­day.

“Ul­ti­mately, China is also work­ing to­ward a sta­ble Afghanistan. That’s go­ing to take them back to the same is­sue which are the sanc­tu­ar­ies in Pak­istan,” the of­fi­cial said. — IANS, PTI

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