The Foreign Office (FO) on Tuesday rejected United States (US) President Donald Trump’s allegations that Pakistan offers safe haven to “agents of chaos”, as he announced America’s new strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia.
Talking tough on Pakistan, Trump had said, “We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations,” warning that vital aid to Islamabad could be cut.
“We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting,” he said. “That will have to change and that will change immediately.”
The FO, issuing a rejoinder to the US president’s statements said: “As a matter of policy, Pakistan does not allow the 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.”
The FO said it is “disappointing that the US policy statement ignores the enormous sacrifices rendered by the Pakistani nation” in the fight against 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,” the FO asserted.
Responding to Trump’s call for more US troops in Afghanistan, the FO reiterated Pakistan’s view that there is “no exclusive military solution to the crisis in Afghanistan”.