Pakistan has urged the United States that instead of relying on the false narrative of safe havens, it should work with it to eradicate terrorism.
Reacting to the US President’s strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia, Foreign Office, in a statement, said as a matter of policy, Pakistan does not allow use of its territory against any country.
The statement said no country in the world has done more than Pakistan to counter the menace of terrorism. Similarly, no country in the world has suffered more than Pakistan from the scourge of terrorism, often perpetrated from outside its borders. It is, therefore disappointing that the US policy statement ignores the enormous sacrifices rendered by the Pakistani nation in this effort.
The Foreign Office said threat to peace and security cannot be isolated from the complex interplay of geopolitics, continued existence of festering disputes and pursuit of hegemonic policies. It said non-resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute remains the primary obstacle to peace and stability in the region.
Pakistan reiterated its view that there is no exclusive military solution to the crisis in Afghanistan. Only an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned politically negotiated solution can lead to sustainable peace in that country.
The statement said Pakistan is committed to working with the international community towards the common objective of defeating the forces of terrorism and to promote peace and stability in the South Asia.