Pakistan not responsible for United States failures in Afghanistan: Pak FM

Geneva Matthews
October 28, 2017

While talking about US' role in the fight against terrorism, Asif said even the commanders of CENTCOM failed in Afghanistan.

Elaborating further, Asif said a military solution the Afghan problem had failed and the issue can be resolved politically through dialogue and Pakistan would play its due role in this regard. "They [Americans] use different tone in New Delhi and Kabul, but they completely change the tone of their language when they are in Islamabad.This is something beyond duplicity", Asif said while commenting on Rex Tillerson's statements in India and Afghanistan. "The current government will not accept any dictation from the U.S.", he maintained. However, he clearly stated that on the basis of equality and self-respect, Pakistan want to expand relations with the US. "We have also conveyed to the US Secretary of State that our cooperation can be enhanced while sharing actionable intelligence".

But the Tillerson mission has evidently ignored Pakistan's diplomatic gambits and rebuffed its self-serving narratives that have also been rejected at global forums including at the United Nations, where Pakistani officials have attempted to present dossiers claiming Indian subversion in Pakistan. We have a huge trust deficit.

"They do not need our territory anymore".

Days after US Secretary of States Rex Tillerson stopped in Islamabad for four hours to deliver a blunt message that American support to Pakistan was "conditions-based, " Senior US officials who accompanied him on the trip signaled that Washington had devised other ways to achieve its objective of eliminating terrorist groups and stabilising Afghanistan.

Speaking on Geo News programme Aaj Shahzaib Khanzada Kay Sath, the minister said that in the meeting with Tillerson earlier in the day, the civil and military leadership presented a detailed narrative about its stance on the country's war against terrorism.

"We're grateful for India's generous contributions to the development of Afghanistan, and we hope to see greater involvement from them", Tillerson said adding that the Administration will work to make the US-India Strategic Partnership the foundation for greater peace, stability, and growth of the Indo-Pacific region. "We are not responsible for the increase in the drug trade in Afghanistan or the increasing [Afghan] territory occupied by terrorists".

Instead, Tillerson appears to have sternly told Islamabad that the USA fears for Pakistan's own future if the country remains in denial about its continued support to terror groups. Asif also shared with committee the assessment of Pakistan and other regional countries that Taliban at present are controlling 45 percent of Afghanistan's territory while the USA believes that Taliban only control 10 percent of the Afghan territory and that Afghan government does not have en effective control on 35 percent of the territory. "It is not in anyone┬┤s interests that the government of America be destabilised".

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