Pakistan Reassessing Ties With US, Says Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan


Khurram Dastgir Khan

Pakistan is reassessing ties with the US, Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has said and accused Washington of ignoring the threats to his country from India.

Khan’s remarks came amidst tension in ties between the US and Pakistan after President Donald Trump accused the country of providing safe havens to terrorists.

Khan said yesterday that it was not possible for Pakistan to satisfy the US, Dawn reported.

“We are here to give our point of view logically and with evidence. We will explain our position. But it’s not for us to satisfy them,” he told the media.

The government, he said, was “reassessing ties with the US”, and has simultaneously undertaken a regional outreach ahead of talks with Americans on future bilateral engagement.

Khan said the two countries needed a frank and candid dialogue on the issues concerning them, as differences between them would reflect in Afghanistan and other regional issues.

The defence minister expressed discontent that the US did not share Pakistan’s threat perception about India.

He also claimed that a nexus existed between the US, India and Afghanistan that was threatening Pakistan.

“The US knows all, but ignores the threats faced by us because of its strategic interests.”

He said Pakistan would keep raising concerns about India in future engagements with the US.

“The United States cannot ignore the threat to us from India. It is [a] serious [situation],” he underscored, adding that it would be major challenge for the Pakistani side to get it acknowledged in the upcoming talks.

Khan said the other challenge for Pakistan was the fact that the US “keeps changing the goalposts”.

Pakistan, he said, would advise the US that intensifying kinetic operations (lethal or offensive combat missions) in Afghanistan would not work and the only way forward lay in a politically negotiated settlement of the conflict.

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