Pakistan and US need to work actively for regional peace: Overseas Minister Khawaja Asif

WASHINGTON: Overseas Minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday careworn that Pakistan and US should actively work in direction of peace in South Asia. He was talking at United States Institute of Peace.

The overseas minister mentioned that US and Pakistan had remained long-standing associates. Talking on the US Institute of Peace in Washington, he careworn that each international locations have a lot to realize by working collectively, including that Pakistan feels there may be belief deficit in its relations with the US.

The minister expressed his critical considerations present challenges being confronted by the world, saying  it is stuffed with “power challenges” equivalent to lengthy wars, local weather change, beneath improvement, world migration and, rising intolerance and extremism together with the worldwide menace of terrorism, which claims lots of of lives yearly.

Whereas in dialog with Moeed Yusuf, director of South Asia programmes at USIP, the minister mentioned that “we live in hell” due to the choice to take part within the US struggle in opposition to the Soviet Union. “US troopers went again chest thumping that they have defeated the Soviet Union, nobody cared about what occurred to Pakistan,” mentioned the minister who is understood for his candour.

He mentioned that about three.5 million refugees reside in Pakistan. “We now have each type of friction, spiritual, ethnic and political intolerance. That is the luggage we stock from the 80s.”

Whereas expressing sympathy over the Vegas capturing tat killed at the very least 60 individuals, he mentioned that Pakistan is deeply saddened by the incident. He careworn that it ought to be referred to as an act of terror. “Why name it capturing, name it terrorism.That is terrorism in all its types and manifestations.”

He added, “these contradictions shall be counterproductive.”

The overseas minister additionally mentioned that “Pakistan is the one victor within the struggle in opposition to terrorism” because the nation confronted the menace head-on.

“Since 2014, we’ve wiped them [terrorists] out,” he mentioned stressing that “our achievements are higher than every other nation’s.” It occurred as a result of dedication of the 200,000 troopers.

“We do not need any materials assist from US, all we wish is respect.”

Whereas addressing the USIP, he had mentioned that Pakistan is hoping for peace in Afghanistan.

“Guaranteeing safety in Afghanistan is crucial for the [South Asian] area,” he remarked, including “we would be the greatest beneficiary of peace in Afghanistan.” including that it’s the accountability of all events to provoke a political course of, he mentioned, including that Pakistan seeks “productive relations” with Afghanistan which embrace the elimination of secure havens in Afghanistan and border administration.


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