FO summons US ambassador over Trump’s anti-Pakistan statement

20 Nov, 2018 2:38 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua called in the US Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Paul Jones to register a strong protest on the unwarranted and unsubstantiated allegations made by President Donald Trump against Pakistan.

Conveying her government’s disappointment on the recent tweets and comments by the US president, the US CdA was told that such baseless rhetoric about Pakistan was totally unacceptable.

Rejecting the insinuations about OBL, the secretary reminded the US CdA that it was Pakistan’s intelligence cooperation that provided the initial evidence to trace the whereabouts of OBL.

Janjua told the US CdA that no other country had paid a heavier price than Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.

The US leadership had acknowledged on multiple occasions that Pakistan’s cooperation had helped in decimating the core Al-Qaeda leadership and eradicating the threat of terrorism from the region. The US must not forget that scores of top AQ leaders were killed or captured by active Pakistani cooperation. Pakistan’s continued support to the efforts of international community in Afghanistan through Ground/ Air and Sea lines of communication was unquestionably critical to the success of this Mission in Afghanistan.

In the wake of recent US pronouncements to seek political settlement in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US were working in close coordination with other regional stake holders in order to end the prolonged conflict. At this critical juncture, baseless allegations about a closed chapter of history could seriously undermine this vital cooperation.

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