ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has mentioned that the times of relying on the US for Pakistan to fulfill its army and different necessities are over.
In an interview with Arab Information, Khaqan mentioned that the world ought to recognise Pakistan’s efforts in preventing the “world’s conflict” on terror.
He additional mentioned that Pakistan has fought “a really exhausting and cruel” conflict on terror, including that “200,000 of our troops is deployed. We have now 6,500 Shaheeds (martyrs) within the Military.
He added: “No person has fought an even bigger conflict on terror than now we have, with our personal sources. Even essentially the most conservative financial estimates of Pakistan’s losses are over $120 billion. It has been a really troublesome conflict, however our military has carried out very properly.”
He added, “If one supply dries up, now we have no possibility however to go to a different supply. It might value extra, it could eat extra sources, however now we have to struggle that conflict, and that’s what we emphasised to all of the those that we met,”
“We have now main US weapons methods in our army, however we’ve additionally diversified. We have now Chinese language and European methods. Not too long ago, for the primary time we inducted Russian assault helicopters” he mentioned.
To a query concerning India’s function for peace constructing in Afghanistan, Abbasi mentioned that he needs peace to be owned and led by Afghans.
“We don’t imagine that injecting India into the Pakistan-US relationship will assist resolve something, particularly in Afghanistan, the place we don’t see any function for India. India has a relationship with the US. That’s between them and the US.”
Pakistan needs an “equal relationship or partnership with the US, like each different nation,” he mentioned.
He mentioned that in his speech on the United Nations Normal Meeting (UNGA) and aspect conferences, he harassed that no one needs peace in Afghanistan greater than Pakistan.
“We’re companions within the conflict on terror, and that’s what we emphasised. We emphasised to all people we met [at the UNGA] that no one needs peace in Afghanistan greater than Pakistan”.
He disclosed that investigations confirmed that the one who carried out a suicide assault on deputy chairman of Senate in Mastung, Balochistan on Might 12 was an Afghan nationwide who had crossed the border for the assault.
“The fact at present is that a lot of the realm bordering Pakistan is managed by the Taliban. The individuals we’re preventing in Pakistan at present, their sanctuaries are in Afghanistan, their management resides there, the planning is completed there, the logistical bases are there, and so they recurrently cross the border and assault our installations. We not too long ago had a suicide assault on the deputy chairman of the Senate.
He survived, however 22 individuals have been killed. It was by an Afghan nationwide who had crossed the border to assault his convoy deep inside Pakistan,” he mentioned.
Abbasi mentioned that within the not too long ago held assembly between Overseas Minister Khawaja Asif and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Asif informed his counterpart that Islamabad pursues a zero-tolerance method to “all terrorist and militant teams.”
He known as his assembly with US Vice President Mike Pence, ‘very constructive’.
“There was no assembly scheduled (with President Trump). Actually, the assembly with Vice President Pence wasn’t scheduled [either]. It was at their request,” the prime minister mentioned.