- US appreciates Pakistan’s function in resolving Afghan battle.
- “Pak-US ties go well beyond broader counterterrorism interests and people-to-people ties,” says State Department spokesperson.
- Ned Value says US goes to work very intently to make sure that Afghanistan’s neighbours play a constructive function in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON: Pakistan and the United States have shared pursuits of peace and stability in Afghanistan, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Value mentioned in a press briefing Wednesday.
The assertion from the State Department that Pakistan is a vital companion on varied fronts got here after a few hard-hitting statements from the Pakistani management slamming the US for pushing within the terror struggle.
“Pakistan has been a useful and constructive companion relating to Afghanistan and our collective efforts to result in some semblance of peace and safety there,” the spokesperson added.
Price said the interests of the United States and Pakistan go well beyond that and include broader counterterrorism interests and the people-to-people ties that unite our two countries.
He said all of Afghanistan’s neighbours need to play a constructive role in helping bring durable political settlement as well as a comprehensive ceasefire.
He said the United States is going to work very closely to ensure that Afghanistan’s neighbours play a constructive role in Afghanistan.
‘Pakistan can partner with US for peace, not for conflict’
Last month, Prime Minister Imran Khan had delivered a long address to the National Assembly during which he stressed that Pakistan could partner with the United States in peace, but never again for conflict.
“The US was defeated in Afghanistan and so they tried to shift the blame of their defeat on us,” PM Imran Khan had said.
The prime minister had said the Afghanis were the brothers of Pakistanis, and that Islamabad knew them better than Washington. “We have now determined to not comprise on the nation’s sovereignty.”
The premier had said Pakistan chose to aid America in the war against terror “however after that, we captured our personal folks and despatched them to Guantanamo Bay — and former president Pervez Musharraf admitted this”.
PM Imran Khan had said at the time of the war on terror, Pakistanis were unable to differentiate between their friends and enemies. “Does a rustic launch an assault on its ally?” he asked.
The premier said that the government at that time — during the war on terror — “didn’t have the braveness to say no to the US and saved on mendacity to the folks”.
“We should perceive that when a nation doesn’t respect itself, it’s not revered by the world […] we solely need peace to prevail in Afghanistan, and that’s in our greatest curiosity.”