Pakistan strongly reacts to latest actions by US Administration.Pakistan reacted strongly on the recent measures taken by the US administration regarding suspension of security cooperation. Foreign Office reacting to the US Administration’s measures clarified that Pakistan spent over $ 120 billion in last 15 years in the fight against terrorism.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal in a statement issued here today said,
“Pakistan has fought the war against terrorism largely from its own resources which has cost over $120 billion in 15 years and still we are determined to continue to do all it takes to secure the lives of our citizens and broader stability in the region.”
The spokesperson said Pakistan is engaged with the US Administration on the issue of security cooperation and await further details. He said impact of US’ decision on pursuit of common objectives is also likely to emerge more clearly in due course of time and it however, needs to be appreciated.
“We believe that Pakistan-US cooperation in fighting terrorism has directly served US national security interests as well as the larger interests of international community,” said the spokesperson.
The Foreign Office said that Pakistan has helped decimate Al-Qaeda and fight other groups who took advantage of ungoverned spaces, a long porous border and posed a common threat to peace. The Foreign Office said through a series of major counter-terrorism operations Pakistan cleared all these areas resulting in elimination of organized terrorist presence leading to significant improvement in security in Pakistan.
“Our efforts towards peace are awaiting reciprocal actions from the Afghan side in terms of clearance of vast stretches of ungoverned spaces on the Afghan side, bilateral border management, repatriation of Afghan Refugees, controlling poppy cultivation, drug trafficking and initiating Afghan-led and owned political reconciliation in Afghanistan,” said the Foreign Office in the statement.
The Foreign Office spokesperson said working towards enduring peace requires mutual respect and trust along with patience and persistence and emergence of new and more deadly groups such as Daesh in Afghanistan call for enhancing international cooperation. Pakistan said arbitrary deadlines, unilateral pronouncements and shifting goalposts are counterproductive in addressing common threats.
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