Pakistan open to joint Afghan border patrols: Abbasi

14 September, 2017, 01:30 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Pakistan PM warns US sanctions would be counter-productive

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, younger brother of Abbasi's predecessor - Nawaz Sharif - who was barred from office in July after a probe into his family's finances, also called for an end to American aid last month.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Tuesday that his country is open to joint efforts, including bilateral verifications, joint patrols and posts, to eliminate terrorists' sanctuaries allegedly based in Pakistan. President Trump, however, has not sent any list of demands on the matter.

Speaking to reporters in Islamabad, Abbasi said Pakistan was fencing its part and welcomed the Afghans to fence their side as well to ensure a halt to cross-border terrorism.

He denied that Pakistan supported militant groups as he batted away suggestions that Trump's comments would upend relations between the Cold War allies. Abbasi said that the GSP Plus scheme provided a constructive framework for the betterment of Pakistan's economy and for the promotion of its economic agenda. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi urged Afghanistan to take practical steps for elimination of safe havens of terrorists from its soil. "We are open (with the US)".

"We have defeated it (terrorism)", the prime minister said while talking a group of media representatives from worldwide outlets during an interview.

He said that Pakistan had defeated the menace of terrorism, asking the Pakistan-based foreign correspondents to visit Miramshah and see for themselves how Pakistan's military had cleared the area by offering sacrifices.

When asked about United States plans to get tough on Pakistan and cutting billions of dollars worth of military and financial aid, the Prime Minister said: "We have nothing to hide, as a general rule you do not punish allies". North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops have also used Pakistani ports and roads to move equipment into land-locked Afghanistan.

Pakistani officials have been complaining since that Trump's allegations were false.



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