US targeting Pakistan using excuse of Haqqani network, says Khawaja Asif

  • US should join Pakistan to eliminate the Haqqani network: Khawaja Asif
  • US, has only seen failures in Afghanistan: Foreign Minister

ISLAMABAD – Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif claimed on Monday that the Trump administration was targeting Pakistan using the ‘excuse’ of Haqqani network.

In an interview to a private channel, Asif made it clear that Pakistan will not take any dictation from anyone if it goes against its national interests while emphasising the need for equality-based ties with the US.

“We have offered many times that if the US knows the whereabouts of the Haqqani network, it should join us to eliminate the [Haqqani network],” he said.

The lawmaker who recently visited the US and met Secretary Tillerson claimed that the same offer had been made to Afghan president Ashraf Ghani.

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The minister highlighted that Pakistani military had achieved massive success in the war against terrorism. He also stated that the US has only seen failures in Afghanistan.

“US should let us know, how has Daesh been successful in expanding its reach across three provinces of Afghanistan despite all the latest weapons the [US military] has?” he questioned.

The foreign minister noted that Pakistan had always helped the US in times of need.

To a question regarding the National Action Plan, he said that it was formulated to remove terrorists from the country and all the national institutions and political parties had developed consensus on its implementation.