Pakistan National Security Advisor Naseer Janjua has welcomed the US ambassador’s David Hale cooperative attitude, saying that Pakistan was taking its time to fully examine the new policy and considering all options and would like to receive further details from the US side.
He said the Trump speech at the Fort Myers was deeply disappointing and had deeply hurt the feelings of the government and people of Pakistan.
Pakistan had been wrongly blamed, threatened and negatively projected to the world which was unacceptable. Our nuclear weapons were wrongly linked with terrorism which was totally uncalled for.
The new policy has created uncertainties, he said, adding that it gives way regional fragility and imbalance. That is why the people, parliament and the government reacted strongly to the Trump statement.
The NSA stressed the need for working together for bringing stability to Pakistan. He said we all should work together to “seek the closure of conflict” in Afghanistan instead of winning it. Victory in war, he said, resides in the way war is prosecuted.
He identified faulty persecution of war in Afghanistan as the reason for rising violence in Afghanistan. He said the US policy in Afghanistan needs some revamping to avoid such escalating situation in the war-torn country. The US ambassador agreed with the suggestion to seek the closure of conflict in Afghanistan.
Regarding the role envisaged for India in Afghanistan, NSA said that creation of competitiveness with in a campaign and alliance is counter-productive. We should not go that way.
Reiterating the risks and dangers of a purely military strategy, NSA suggested the establishment of a parallel fully-empowered political authority by US in Afghanistan that would work in parallel to the military commanders to help find a peaceful, political solution to the conflict.
The NSA also clarified to the US ambassador that any kinetic action will further vitiate the situation and hence be avoided. The ambassador agreed and said we rather need to normalize the situation.
The NSA and ambassador both reiterated to work very closely to find solution to seek the closure of this conflict in Afghanistan.