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Pakistan genuinely concerned about India's role in new United States strategy: Khawaja Asif

Pakistan genuinely concerned about India's role in new United States strategy: Khawaja Asif

The foreign minister is in Washington on a three-day official visit.

The foreign minister addressed the Indian air chief's remarks at a talk at the US Institute of Peace in Washington on Thursday, urging Indian leaders not to contemplate such actions as those could have dire consequences.

Since then Pakistan is facing "every kind of friction, religious, ethnic and political intolerance", he said, adding, "This is the baggage we carry from the 80s". We have concerns about the future of Pakistan's government, too, in terms of them - we want their government to be stable and we want it to be peaceful.

In the coming days, when formal contacts and parleys begin between Pakistan and U.S., the former probably will have to prove the veracity of its claims regarding non-existence of safe havens of terrorists on its soil and establish the fact that they actually existed on the Afghan territory occupied by the Afghan Taliban.

"In contrast to other countries, the incidences of terrorism in Pakistan has seen a marked decline - with a salutary impact on economic and commercial activity", Asif was quoted as saying.

"The US is trying to blame Pakistan for its failures in Afghanistan", he added.

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Asif said a number of terror attacks in Pakistan in recent months had been traced back to elements operating from bases in Afghanistan.

"There was also a consensus on regular and focused dialogue at multiple levels to evolve bilateral process for minimizing misunderstanding, managing crisis situations and enhancing cooperation in order to bring peace and stability in the region". "But that will have to change, and that will change immediately", Trump said at the time.

He reiterated that Pakistan did not seek any material help from the United States, "all we want is respect".

Earlier, he spoke at length about the pertinent issues between the United States and Pakistan. Mattis praised India's contributions to the war-torn country before lawmakers at House Armed Services Committee, saying New Delhi has adopted a holistic approach in its assistance towards Afghanistan.

He said the burden of a 16-year-long war in Afghanistan has been passed to the new administration. Ghafoor said Pakistan was facing a strategic threat on the western border as well, forcing the country to keep the Army on the border. "At the same time, probably few nations, perhaps none, have lost as many troops fighting terrorists as they have", he said. "Salient among these are respect for democracy, rule of law and protecting the freedom of our societies from dark ideological forces - whether these come in the garb of totalitarianism or take the form of violent extremism", he said.

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