ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has given a clear message to the United States
Pakistan has said that it would not bow down to pressure by the United States against its national interest.
“There is no question of any country put pressure on Pakistan on matters which we believe are in our national interest,” Foreign Office Spokesman Muhammad Faisal said in response to a question that the United States had renewed its demands on Pakistan to “do more” in efforts against militancy.
The spokesman said Pakistan’s foreign policy was based on principle of peace within and peace without.
“In all our domestic and international pronouncements, we are guided only by Pakistan’s national interest and its prosperity,” he said.
Muhammad Faisal said Pakistan and the United States were currently engaged along with other regional stakeholders to pursue a political settlement in Afghanistan, which is Afghan-owned and Afghan-led.
He mentioned that in the same context, the US Special Representative on Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad visited the region including Pakistan couple of weeks ago.
“Pakistan’s cooperation with the United States and the international community to bring about lasting peace in Afghanistan is our firm belief for elimination of terrorism in Pakistan and in region,” he said.
On the recently-held parliamentary election in Afghanistan, the Spokesman termed it a positive development and hoped the process would continue towards restoration of peace.