ISLAMABAD – Expressing strong disappointment over the US Afghan policy, the Foreign Office (FO) on Tuesday rejected Donald Trump’s allegations that Pakistan offers safe haven to “agents of chaos”, saying “the policy ignores the enormous sacrifices rendered by the Pakistani nation” and urged Washington to work with Islamabad against terrorism “instead of relying on false narrative of safe havens.”
The FO, issuing a rejoinder to the US president’s statements said: “As a matter of policy, Pakistan does not allow use of its territory against any country. Instead of relying on the false narrative of safe havens, the US needs to work with Pakistan to eradicate terrorism.”
“No country in the world has done more than Pakistan to counter the menace of terrorism. No country in the world has suffered more than Pakistan from the scourge of terrorism, often perpetrated from outside our borders. It is, therefore disappointing that the US policy statement ignores the enormous sacrifices rendered by the Pakistani nation in this effort,” the statement came following a crucial cabinet huddle with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi that discussed the issue.
It said: “Pakistan reiterates its view that there is no exclusive military solution to the crisis in Afghanistan. The military action during the last 17 years has not brought peace to Afghanistan, and it is not likely to do so in the future. Only an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned politically negotiated solution can lead to sustainable peace in Afghanistan.”
The statement added that the threat to peace and security could not be isolated from the complex interplay of geopolitics, continued existence of festering disputes and pursuit of hegemonic policies. Non-resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute remains the primary obstacle to peace and stability in the region.
The statement comes after sources privy to Foreign Office revealed on Tuesday the government of Pakistan is mulling over furnishing a detailed response to the tirade of allegations hurled by US President Donald Trump regarding its role in fight against terrorism.
The sources had said that all the stakeholders were being consulted to advocate Pakistan’s cause in the wake of allegations that apparently dented the credibility of Pakistan, despite its long-standing efforts to smash out terrorism.