No safe havens for terrorists in Pakistan: General Bajwa

Claudine Rigal
Août 27, 2017

Regarding Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif's visit to the US, Zakaria said that schedule for the visit has not been finalised yet, adding that Asif will soon commence visits to various other countries.

Furthermore, Russia lambasted US President Donald Trump's new Pakistan strategy, saying the country has been fighting terrorism since long.

The dates for the trip are still being worked out.

Pakistan and Afghanistan need to give a coordinated response to militants to fight terrorism instead of playing the "blame-game" in dealing with the issue, Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa has said.

He also sternly warned Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorists.

He said that Afghanistan was Pakistan's neighbour and brotherly Islamic country.

The minister said: "We are minutely reviewing the new United States strategy about Afghanistan and South Asia".

"Putting pressure [on Pakistan] may seriously destabilize the region-wide security situation and result in negative consequences for Afghanistan", the presidential envoy to Kabul told Russia's "Afghanistan" daily.

We had suffered colossal losses after becoming U.S. ally, however, we intend to maintain ties with Washington to remove misunderstanding, the foreign minister said.

Pakistan's political and military leaders have rejected President Donald Trump's allegation that Islamabad is harboring militants who battle U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The foreign secretary, underlining the importance of Pakistan-China friendship, reiterated Pakistan's support to China on all issues of its core interest.

Pakistan is hosting a nine-member delegation of journalistas from Afghanistan.

"Pakistan is prepared to absorb the impact of a more assertive US policy toward the country", said Arif Rafiq, a nonresident fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington.

Mr. Rafiq said that Pakistan also knows that it has several options to counter punitive actions by Washington, including closing supply routes to Afghanistan.

Last week, Trump slammed Pakistan for providing "safe havens" to terrorists.

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