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2017-08-29 06:19:04

Threat and intimidations: US turns Pakistan into another North Korea

Days after the White House accused Pakistan of continuing to harbor terrorists on its soil, the top US commander in Afghanistan claimed that the United States “knows the Afghan Taliban leadership is in Quetta and Peshawar”.

 

 

 

The allegation elicited a sharp reaction from Islamabad, which has been fuming over the US president’s harsh remarks, with top government ministers calling upon the US to stop blaming Pakistan for its failure in Afghanistan.

 

In sharp response the Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal told Dawn that the Taliban were using Afghanistan as the launch pad for their operations, both inside and outside Pakistan.

 

He said the Taliban had no need to hide in Pakistan, since they held more than 40 per cent of Afghanistan. “If they have control over so much land and resources in Afghanistan, it means they have hideouts there, not in Pakistan,” he said.

 

Meanwhile The talks between Pakistan and the US on the new American strategy for South Asia got another setback on Sunday when Washington learned from Islamabad that Pakistan would like to reschedule talks with a senior US official that were to begin on Monday.

 

The rescheduling of Ms Wells’ visit was the second such request from Islamabad in less than a week. Pakistan had earlier requested rescheduling of visit to Washington of its Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, who was expected in the US capital on Aug 25 on an invitation from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

 

 

Apparently a third visit, that of a delegation led by senior White House National Security Council official Lisa Curtis, will also be rescheduled. Ms Curtis, who played a key role in formulating the new US strategy for South Asia, was expected to arrive in Islamabad this week.

 

 

All this shows the defying mode of Pakistan. Pakistan’s foreign minister was also embarking on three countries visit including China, Russia and Turkey. This is first time that Pakistan has given a befitting reply to US.

 

 

Apart from this Pakistan’s parliamentarians have also warned US of any misadventure otherwise US will have to pay the hefty price for it. This all shows that due to her flawed policies US has turned Pakistan into another North Korea that is on defiant mode.

 

pk.shafaqna.com

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