Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

No list on terrorist sanctuaries received from US: PM

No list on terrorist sanctuaries received from US: PM

People of Pakistan too have become tired of an unending tendency on part of the United States to twist Pakistan arms or make it scapegoat whenever it faces prospects of any failure in the region.

Pakistan's prime minister has offered "joint patrols" and "joint posts" with Afghanistan as a means of bi-lateral verification of action taken against terrorist groups or their sanctuaries.

US President Donald Trump, while unveiling Afghanistan strategy last month, blamed Pakistan for playing a double game "by accepting American aid while giving safe haven to insurgents who kill Afghan and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops".

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Pakistan was more committed than any other country in the region for peaceful resolution of the Afghan issue which should be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned. Taliban is a reality in Afghanistan and would not disappear with a military onslaught as we have witnessed during the last over one decade that the combined might of 47 nations and barbaric use of all kinds of weapons could not root them out. He said that Pakistan was open to bilateral verifications and joint patrols.

Trump called on Pakistan to eliminate militant sanctuaries in a speech laying out a new strategy to try and win the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan.

His remarks came weeks after President Donald Trump called on Pakistan to do more to eliminate militant sanctuaries, a longstanding US demand.

Asif "reaffirmed Pakistan's strong desire for further strengthening strategic partnership between the two countries through increased cooperation in political, economic, defence and people-to-people ties" in his meeting with Erdogan, the FO said.

"We respect other's sovereignty and expect the same from them", he said.

Abbasi said his government has yet to receive any specific demands from the Trump administration, adding that Pakistan would act on any information shared by US authorities.

But, with Beijing investing upwards of $50 billion in Pakistan as part of its One Belt One Road project, US aid has lost the sway it once held. He said that Pakistan needed more collaborations and cooperation between the two countries in various areas rather than just aid and assistance.

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