Pakistan wants peace, stability in Afghanistan, says Asif

03 September, 2017, 05:35 | Author: Ora Austin
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The FO said that the armed forces will continue their role in the war against terrorism and added that the Afghan issue will be sorted out with the help of dialogue with regional forces, for which it is important for these forces to play their role in the achievement of peace.

The move is the first diplomatic step in President Donald Trump's new South Asia strategy that aims to reverse Taliban gains in Afghanistan, drive the insurgent group to the negotiating table, and pressure Pakistan to crackdown on terrorist groups acting within its borders. "We should strive for peace fighting can not force us to undermine our national interest and it was important that Afghanistan should have a proper government responsible to its people".

The Trump administration will withhold more than $250 million in promised aid to Pakistan, U.S. officials told the Associated Press.

This move is initiated by the Trump administration to change the approach of the Pakistan government towards terror groups, the State Department said that while the US valued its cooperation with Pakistan and wanted to see it continue.

Pakistan has consistently supported a political settlement of the Afghan conflict.

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"The Quetta shura, Peshawar shura - these shuras are identified by cities inside Pakistan; we know Afghan Taliban leaders are in these areas", said Gen Nicholson in the interview. "Pakistan should use the chance and cooperate with the Afghan government and the United States; otherwise, actions will be taken that would worry Pakistan". Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan.

The new US stance toward Pakistan prompted a protest resolution in the Pakistani parliament this week as well as anti- USA protests in the streets that Pakistani police had to disperse using tear gas.

"We intend to work with Pakistan in order to take the terrorists down".

The $255 million in military assistance was the largest portion of an estimated $1.1 billion of USA aid Congress had authorised in 2016.

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