Pakistan Ambassador to United States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry on Friday said the cooperation between Pakistan and the United States in fighting terrorism has directly served US national security interests.
The envoy was responding to the announcement made by Trump administration on Thursday that it was suspending its entire security assistance to Pakistan until it proves its commitment to fight all terrorist groups operating in the region.
“We are engaged with the US administration on this issue and await further details. 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,” Chaudhry said.
He was of the view that working towards enduring peace required patience and persistence. “Emergence of new and more deadly groups, such as Daesh in Afghanistan, calls for enhancing international cooperation,” Chaudhry maintained.
“Through a series of major operations, Pakistan cleared all these areas resulting in significant improvement in security in Pakistan. A similar action needs to be taken on the Afghan side which has vast stretches of ungoverned spaces,” said the envoy.
Chaudhry also said, “Diplomacy of deadlines and redlines is counterproductive in meeting such common threats.”