Pakistan using India as an 'excuse' to support terror groups

Claudine Rigal
Août 25, 2017

"We would like to see effective and immediate United States efforts to eliminate sanctuaries harboring terrorists and miscreants on Afghan soil, including those responsible for fomenting terror in Pakistan", the statement insisted, adding that the U.S. should not expect the Afghan War to be fought in Pakistan.

He demanded that Pakistan should "stop offering safe haven to agents of chaos" as he presented his policy for the 16-year-long war in Afghanistan in his first formal address as the commander-in-chief.

"We would like to see effective and immediate United States military efforts to eliminate sanctuaries harbouring terrorists and miscreants on Afghan soil, including those responsible for fomenting terror in Pakistan", the Prime Minister's office said in a statement.

On Tuesday, a cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi discussed the statement of Trump and expressed disappointment for ignoring sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in war on terror.

The participants noted that being Afghanistan's immediate neighbour, Pakistan has an abiding interest in peace and stability in the country.

PML-N Senator Javed Abbasi said the United States must stop crying for $17 billion which had been given to Pakistan, but it had no idea that the so-called war against terrorism cost Pakistan over $107 billion (Rs11,275 billion) losses.

The meeting decided that as the next step, foreign minister Khawaja Asif will tour friendly nations for reassurances of their support.

Accusing Islamabad of harbouring "agents of chaos, violence, and terror" the tycoon-turned-president clarified his intent on Monday while announcing policy regarding South Asia to increase pressure on the country to stop any re-emergence of safe havens in order to gain regional peace, besides announcing increase of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. "Those that harbour terrorist networks must eliminate them". Militant groups are extremely active on the Afghan-Pakistan border, and fighters routinely launch attacks on one side, or the other, and flee to the other side afterwards. We expect the same from our neighbours.

"We consider the lives of the citizens of other countries as sacrosanct as those of our own", the statement said. A prolonged military campaign in Afghanistan has resulted in destruction and killing of hundreds of thousands of Afghan civilians.

Questioning the role given to India, the NSC said: "India can not be a net security provider in the South Asia region when it has conflictual relationships with all its neighbours and is pursuing a policy of destabilising Pakistan from the east and the west".

The committee also condemned what it described as "state inflicted repression on the people" of Jammu and Kashmir and reiterated Pakistan's diplomatic, political and moral support for their "struggle for self-determination".

The participants reaffirmed Pakistan's resolve to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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