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

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

"We are open for joint patrolling, we are open for joint posts" along the border with Afghanistan, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told reporters in Islamabad.

Abbasi urged the United States to show more appreciation for Pakistan's losses in war on terror and its role in hosting 3.5 million Afghan refugees.

Abbasi said that Pakistan was ready to work with the United States in the fight against terrorism and the two sides should address any concern on the subject through dialogue.

The US President Donald Trump last month announced the new US strategy as he strongly criticized Pakistan regarding the terror sanctuaries, saying "For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror".

Both countries' foreign ministers agreed that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, and stressed the need for regional powers to work for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, the FO said. They have noted that Pakistan has faced a lot of cross-border violence from Afghanistan since the 2001 U.S. invasion. Pakistan has denied those allegations, and says militants have launched attacks against it from the Afghan side of the border.

He claimed the militants were actually based in Afghanistan and carry out cross border attacks in Pakistan.

He said the United States had not clarified some of the perceptions that were created after President Trump's policy statement on Afghanistan and South Asia.

He added that, however, Pakistan has not yet received any list of measures from the US side to fight against the alleged terrorist sanctuaries.

To a question about turbulence in the Pak-US relations, he said there were strong economic, political and military ties between the two countries. "We need to address that issue, but there are other issues need to be discussed, there are other cooperation need to be done", he said. He added that Pakistan was a huge market and the USA companies had multi-billion dollar investment opportunities here.

Abbasi said his government has yet to receive any specific demands from the Trump administration, adding that Pakistan would act on any information shared by US authorities.



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