Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Pakistan's suspension of defense, intelligence cooperation with USA backed by experts

Pakistan's suspension of defense, intelligence cooperation with USA backed by experts

In a rare move in the backdrop of increased United States pressure to "do more", Pakistan on Wednesday briefed nearly entire diplomatic community in Islamabad about its achievements as well as the challenges in fight against terrorism, unprecedented Indian ceasefire violations along LoC and the Working Boundary and the gross atrocities being committed by India in the Held Kashmir.

Over the last two days, Pakistan's top civil-military leadership has been briefing worldwide envoys on counter-terrorism efforts taken by the country in the last 16 years.

A foreign ministry statement said the envoys were provided details about the success of operations Zarb-e-Azb and Raddul Fasaad, which had eliminated terrorist presence in Pakistan.

The current U.S. -Pakistan feud first kicked off after Trump first took office, when he called out Islamabad in August 2017 during the announced of a new strategy for Afghanistan that called for an increase in troop levels, saying Washington could "no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organizations".

Details were also provided on how Indian belligerence and unhelpful posturing is distracting Pakistan's counter terrorism efforts and how an active Research Analysis Wing (RAW)/National Directorate of Security (NDS) nexus is verifiably working to undermine Pakistan's internal stability.

The members of the diplomatic corps condoled the loss of human lives in the terrorist attack in Quetta yesterday. The comprehensive and detailed briefing by the civil and military leadership was appreciated by members of the diplomatic corps.

"We want to discuss all disputes including Indian Occupied Kashmir being the top priority on discussion table".


On 6th January, Kashmiris observed another dark chapter in their history when, in 1993, Indian occupation forces of BSF mercilessly butchered 57 innocent Kashmiris of Sopore district in the infamous SRTC bus incident.

The Pakistan Foreign Office said on Thursday it is in talks with the United States over matters of mutual interest, including security assistance, but it was too soon to reveal more at this point in time.

Mohammad, imprisoned since 2009, is also known as the father-in-law of Mullah Fazlullah, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban who is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan.

A Pakistani court has ordered the release of the radical anti-U.S. cleric who went to Afghanistan with thousands of volunteers to help the Taliban fight against Americans after the 2001 US -led invasion.

"We are determined to continue to do all that is necessary to secure the lives of our citizens and ensure broader stability in the region".

Khan added that the country would not allow any spillover of the prolonged armed conflict in Afghanistan on their territory, likely in reference to the U.S. military drone raids across the Pakistani border. Emergence of new and more deadly groups such as Daesh in Afghanistan, require enhancement and strengthening of worldwide cooperation.

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