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US statement containing India's role in Afghanistan is a threat to regional peace: Analysts

Radio Pakistan 13 August 2017

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says peace in Afghanistan is as important for Pakistan as for any other country. We have done a lot towards that end and shall keep on doing our best, not to appease anyone but in line with our national interest and national policy. We are not looking for any material or financial assistance from the United States but trust, understanding and acknowledgement of our contributions. Collaboration and synergy of effort between all stakeholders is the key to success to bring this long drawn war in Afghanistan to its logical conclusion. The Ambassador says the United States values Pakistan's role in war against terrorism and is seeking cooperation from Pakistan to resolve the Afghan issue.

Meanwhile, Pakistan urges US that instead of relying on the false narrative of safe havens, it should work with it to eradicate terrorism. Reacting to the US President's strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia, Foreign Office, in a statement, says as a matter of policy, Pakistan does not allow use of its territory against any country. No country in the world has suffered more than Pakistan from the scourge of terrorism, often perpetrated from outside its borders. Threat to peace and security cannot be isolated from the complex interplay of geopolitics, continued existence of festering disputes and pursuit of hegemonic policies. Non-resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute remains the primary obstacle to peace and stability in the region. There is no exclusive military solution to the crisis in Afghanistan. Only an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned politically negotiated solution can lead to sustainable peace in that country.

Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir says Pakistan is committed to working with the international community and regional partners towards the common objectives of defeating the forces of terrorism to seek an end to conflict in Afghanistan and to promote peace and stability in all South Asia. Initiating a discussion in the Senate, the Defence Minister says it is disappointing that the United States statement overlooks the tremendous counter terrorism achievements of Pakistan as well as the immense scarifies rendered by the whole nation during this struggle. Instead of relying on the false narrative of the safe heavens, the United States needs to work with Pakistan to eradicate terrorism.

Analysts on Telephone:

Lt. Gen. Retd. Naeem Khalid Lodhi (Defence Analyst) The statement made by American President is not surprising at all. American invitation to India for a role in Afghanistan is a matter of concern for the region. We should give a prompt response to American allegations. This is high time for Pakistan to get rid of American ambitions in the region. We should make our decisions based on our own national interests. We should build an alliance with regional countries including China, Russia, Turkey and Iran.

Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema (IR Expert) COAS has rightly stated that we do not need financial assistance but our sacrifices should be recognized. None of the other countries has contributed in war on terrorism as much as Pakistan has done. It seems that Donald Trump is being played in the hands of India and does not have his own policy. Everyone appreciates Pakistan efforts in fight against terrorism. America has failed to handle issues in Afghanistan. After National Security Councils meeting, government of Pakistan will give a stern response to American allegations.

Abida Hussain (Former Ambassador) America has invested huge amount of money in Afghanistan but has failed to achieve its objectives. Most of the rural areas in Afghanistan are under Talibans control. Instead of admitting its own defeat, America is leveling allegations on Pakistan. China has condemned American statement against Pakistan. India cannot play a major role in Afghanistan.

Ali Sarwar Naqvi (Former Ambassador) COASs statement reflects our national interests. American Presidents statement is continuation of old policy. Pakistan is a sovereign and independent state and it will calculate its own national interests. We will do whatever suits our national interests. American demand from Pakistan is unjustified.

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