Pak-US cooperation in war against terrorism continuing: PM
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday said cooperation between Pakistan and the United States on war against terror is continuing.
“Pakistan’s stance regarding its relations with US is very clear and we conveyed it to America at different levels,” he said in an interview with a private TV channel.
The prime minister said Washington should evolve its policy based on facts.
He said Pakistan was engaged in the biggest war against terrorism.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Pakistan wanted peace in Afghanistan and Afghan issue should be resolved through dialogue as there was no any military solution to this issue. He said Pakistan would facilitate the reconciliation process.
Relations between Pakistan and the US grew tense with US President Donald Trump’s first tweet of the year which was darted against Pakistan.
“The US has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,” tweeted Trump.
Days after his tweet, the US announced it was suspending some $2 billion in assistance to Pakistan until it did more to fight terrorism and stopped providing safe haven to the Taliban and other terrorists.
This was followed by a cold response from Pakistan as Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif in an interview said that he saw the alliance with the US as over.
However, viewing gravity of seriousness on Pakistan’s side seeking respect for its sacrifices in the war that was launched by the US in the region, the US officials showed respect towards the losses of lives in Pakistan.