Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Pakistan has defeated terrorism, PM Khaqan tells int'l media

Pakistan has defeated terrorism, PM Khaqan tells int'l media

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Tuesday that his country is open to joint efforts, including bilateral verifications, joint patrols and posts, to eliminate terrorists' sanctuaries allegedly based in Pakistan.

Pakistan has denied those allegations, and says militants have launched attacks against it from the Afghan side of the border. The president criticized Pakistan for bearing terrorist sanctuaries in which militants the United State fight against in Afghanistan are hiding. In an interview on Monday, he pointed out that Pakistan was fighting the war against terror and anything that degrades our effort will only hurt the U.S. effort.

US President Donald Trump, while unveiling Afghanistan strategy last month, blamed Pakistan for playing a double game "by accepting American aid while giving safe haven to insurgents who kill Afghan and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops".

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Abbasi said his government had not yet received specific demands from the Trump administration but that Pakistan would act on any information passed on by Washington. Pakistan would act on any information shared by United States authorities, he promised.

"We have even offered training to the Afghan forces in counter terrorism", he added. To another question, the prime minister said that democratic system was being strengthened with the passage of time. He added that Pakistan was a huge market and the USA companies had multi-billion dollar investment opportunities here. "The ills of Afghanistan do not emanate from Pakistan", said the prime minister.

The government initiated massive infrastructure development projects across the length and breadth of the country which were historically unprecedented, he added. The prime minister said the devaluation of rupee was not on the cards.

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Prime Minister Abbasi said Pakistan and the U.S. have a very valuable relationship since the beginning of the diplomatic ties. He said the USA had not clarified some of the perceptions raised in President Donald Trump's policy statement on Afghanistan and South Asia.

In an interview with a group of foreign media representatives in Islamabad, he said we respect other's sovereignty and expect the same from them. Pak-U.S. relations are based on cooperation and collaboration rather than aid based or assistance based relationship.

About Pakistan-India tensions at the Line of Control, he said Pakistan had always welcomed efforts to have a peaceful relationship and wanted to resolve it peacefully through dialogue.

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Pakistan also claims to have lost more than $120 billion in terms of infrastructure damage and loss of investment since it joined the US led war on terror.

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