Pakistani PM Offers Joint Patrols With Afghanistan

Pakistani PM Offers Joint Patrols With Afghanistan

Pakistan's prime minister on Tuesday said his country was willing to set up joint patrols with Afghanistan to combat militants along their porous border. President Trump had wisely hinted to withdraw from the country but now he has reversed the policy by announcing to dispatch more troops in the hope of grabbing mineral resources of Afghanistan.

President Trump said "For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror".

USA officials and independent analysts have long accused Pakistan of turning a blind eye to militants battling US forces in Afghanistan, even as it cracks down on other militant groups that target its own citizens.

"We are fighting the war against terror, anything that degrades our effort will only hurt the U.S. effort", Abbasi was quoted as saying by Geo News.

US President Donald Trump, while unveiling Afghanistan strategy last month, blamed Pakistan for playing a double game "by accepting American aid while giving safe haven to insurgents who kill Afghan and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops".

To a question, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Pakistan was open to close cooperation with the United States as their ties were decades old and could not be defined on the basis of one issue, the Afghan issue.

Abbasi said his government had yet to receive any specific demands from the Trump administration.

But, with Beijing investing upwards of $50 billion in Pakistan as part of its One Belt One Road project, US aid has lost the sway it once held.

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Challenges were always there but the government was addressing the same, the prime minister said, adding the stock exchange would hopefully go up in the coming days.

The Prime Minister stated that he would like the Pakistani diplomatic missions overseas to serve as economic and trade ambassadors of Pakistan.

The Prime Minister was talking to a delegation of PML (N) MNAs from Gujranwala Division, that called on him here at the PM Office. "We are broadening our tax net base and have a composite plan to provide incentives to the tax filers", he said.

He said the U.S. had not clarified some of the perceptions that were raised after President Trump's policy statement on Afghanistan and South Asia. Pak-U.S. relations are based on cooperation and collaboration rather than aid based or assistance based relationship.

Abbasi stated that Pakistan meant to "work and cooperate with the United States against terrorism and if both countries have any concern it should be addressed".

About Pakistan-India tensions at the Line of Control, he said Pakistan had always welcomed efforts to have a peaceful relationship and wanted to resolve it peacefully through dialogue.

He said Pakistan had lost more than $120 billion in the war against terrorism, besides the world community must recognise its sacrifices.

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