Pakistan MOFA said on Friday that Pakistan has fought the war against terrorism from its own resources and it has cost the country $120 billion over 15 years. We are engaged with the US Administration on the issue of security cooperation and await further details. Impact of US’ decision on pursuit of common objectives is also likely to emerge more clearly in due course of time. It, however, needs to be appreciated that Pakistan has fought the war against terrorism largely from its own resources which has cost over $120 billion in 15 years. The statement by the MOFA added , We are determined to continue to do all it takes to secure the lives of our citizens and broader stability in the region.
We believe that Pakistan-US cooperation in fighting terrorism has directly served US national security interests as well as the larger interests of international community. According to FO, It has helped decimate Al-Qaeda and fight other groups who took advantage of ungoverned spaces, a long porous border and posed a common threat to peace. Through a series of major counter-terrorism operations Pakistan cleared all these areas resulting in elimination of organized terrorist presence leading to significant improvement in security in Pakistan.FO further added that Our efforts towards peace are awaiting reciprocal actions from the Afghan side in terms of clearance of vast stretches of ungoverned spaces on the Afghan side, bilateral border management, repatriation of Afghan Refugees, controlling poppy cultivation, drug trafficking and initiating Afghan-led and owned political reconciliation in Afghanistan.
Working towards enduring peace requires mutual respect and trust along with patience and persistence. Emergence of new and more deadly groups such as Daesh in Afghanistan call for enhancing international cooperation. Arbitrary deadlines, unilateral pronouncements and shifting goalposts are counterproductive in addressing common threats.
Earlier, Trump administration has suspended security assistance to Pakistan amid frustration with Islamabad’s failure to combat terrorist networks operating in the country, the State Department announced Thursday. Heather Nauert, a spokeswoman for the department, said during a press briefing that the U.S. would freeze military equipment deliveries and transfers of security-related funds to Pakistan. She said the administration is still working out the dollar amounts of the cuts.The U.S. will also freeze reimbursements to the Pakistani government for money spent on conducting counterterrorism operations, Nauert said.Until the Pakistani government takes decisive action against groups, including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network, we consider them to be destabilizing the region and also targeting personnel,” Nauert said.
Nauert said that there “may be some exceptions that are made on a case-by-case basis if determined to be critical to national security interests.”
The announcement came two days after Trump railed against U.S. assistance to Pakistan, saying that Washington gives the country “billions of dollars” and gets “nothing” in return.
On Thursday, the State Department announced that it had added Pakistan to a “special watch list” for severe violations of religious freedom amid concerns about the country’s treatment of religious minorities.
U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has warned that relations between Pakistan and the United States can no longer withstand Islamabad’s selective crackdown on some terrorist groups while extending support and safe haven to others.
McMaster has served in Afghanistan and is widely seen to be a key force behind Trump’s Afghanistan and South Asia strategy, which was unveiled last August.
Speaking with VOA, McMaster said that ,This is really our effort to communicate clearly to Pakistan … that we have to really begin now to work together to stabilize Afghanistan,” he blamed “We see Pakistan operating against the interests of its own people by going after these groups only selectively, by providing safe havens and support bases for Taliban and Haqqani network leadership that operate out of Pakistan as they perpetuate hell in portions of Pakistan and in Afghanistan. The U.S. National Security adviser said he hopes Pakistan’s neighbors, global powers, and allies such as China would also to see an end to its support for terrorist groups.
Earlier, the FO summoned US ambassador David Hale over US President Donald Trump’s statement against Pakistan. According to sources, Hale was summoned to record protest against Trump’s statements.
Former Pakistani ambassador in USA and leading Pakistan lady politician Ms Sherry Rehman advised the current leadership to talk directly with the US and refrain from engaging in a war of words. According to Geo News ,Sherry added, in context to the amount paid to the country by the US, that Pakistan has not taken any traffic charges on trucks supplying NATO in Afghanistan till date.