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Pakistani PM says open to join patrol with Afghanistan amid USA pressures

13 Septembre 2017

He said Pakistan had fenced its border with Afghanistan and would welcome if they did the same. It had fenced its border with Afghanistan and would welcome if Kabul does the same on their side.

He also said Pakistan's 70-year relationship with the United States should not be defined by Afghanistan alone.

In a last month speech laying out a new strategy to win the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, US President Donald Trump called on Pakistan to eliminate militant sanctuaries.

Trump also berated Pakistan for taking billions of dollars of USA aid while "housing the same terrorists we are fighting".

Pakistan has launched several military operations to clear out militant hideouts from the northern tribal areas near Afghanistan's border. "We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond", he said.

Abbasi said his government had yet to receive any specific demands from the Trump administration.

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Pakistani leaders - both civilian and military - as well as officials have been conveying to the U.S. interlocutors that the policy of sanctions has not worked in the past and it is unlikely to deliver now but Washington is apparently not listening and as a outcome relationship between Pakistan and the United States, strained many a times in the past, is poised for another friction ridden phase.

The United States has conditioned future aid to Pakistan on the progress it tackles the terrorism group of Haqqani network which is believed to be carrying out terrorist attacks at allied forces in Afghanistan. US officials have also hinted at the possibility of targeted sanctions against some Pakistani officials with ties to extremist groups. "Pakistan is a large market and the USA companies are getting opportunities of billions of dollars here", said Abbasi. "We shall take action against sanctuary if pointed".

To a question about ups and downs in the Pak-US relations, he said there was economic, political and military relationship between the two countries.

He said Pakistan had lost more than $120 billion in the war against terrorism, besides the world community must recognise its sacrifices. But US and Afghanistan claim the actions have been more focused on Pakistani Taliban, militants that have challenged the Pakistani state.

Pakistan denies those claims.

Meanwhile, chairing a high-level meeting to review trade balance and measures to boost exports, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi directed to ensure that no option considered should have a dampening impact on Pakistan's economic growth rate and development.

Pakistani PM says open to join patrol with Afghanistan amid USA pressures