Pakistani PM says open to join patrol with Afghanistan amid USA pressures
Sep 14 2017
"We haven't received any list of measures", Abbasi told reporters in Islamabad on Tuesday.
"We are open for joint patrolling, we are open for joint posts" along the border with Afghanistan, Abbasi was quoted as saying by Dawn online on Wednesday.
In his August 21 speech on the Afghan War, President Trump singled out Pakistan for criticism, accusing them of providing safe zones for terrorism, and that they aren't doing enough to support America's war.
U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his policies toward Afghanistan and South Asia last month.
"We don't think the Pakistani-US relationship will be defined by Afghanistan", the Prime Minister said.
US officials and independent analysts have long accused Pakistan of turning a blind eye to militants battling USA forces in Afghanistan, even as it cracks down on other militant groups that target its own citizens. "Pakistan is a large market and the USA companies are getting opportunities of billions of dollars here", said Abbasi.
He added that, however, Pakistan has not yet received any list of measures from the US side to fight against the alleged terrorist sanctuaries. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops have also used Pakistani ports and roads to move equipment into land-locked Afghanistan.
About the recent BRICS declaration, the prime minister said the statement was not specific to Pakistan. Army Chief of Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa said Pakistan doesn't want US assistance, but recognition of its own efforts to combat terrorism, pointing to thousands of its own troops who have died in operations in more than a decade. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired the meeting of the cabinet in Islamabad.
Mr Abbasi however said he was unaware of any looming "punishments", adding Washington had not issued demands to Pakistan on the matter.
He said Pakistan had suffered massively due to instability in Afghanistan and believed that the solution should be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned.