No more alliance with US, says Khawaja Asif
Islamabad (Web Desk): Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said that he sees the alliance with the United States as over after Washington suspended security-related assistance to Pakistan.
“We do not have any alliance,” Asif said during an interview with the Wall Street Journal. “This is not how allies behave,” he added, referring to US President Donald Trump’s administration’s decision to suspend its entire security assistance to Pakistan.
The foreign minister said in an interview that the US kept ties with Pakistan just for the sake of its own benefits, and it is a friend that always betrays Pakistan.
The minister admitted that Pakistan made a mistake by becoming a part of the Afghan war and suffered a lot at the hands of terrorism as a result.
During his interview with the Journal, Foreign Minister Asif said that Pakistan had made a “huge mistake” when it agreed to join America’s campaign in Afghanistan in 2001, in the wake of the 9/11 terror attack.
He added that the move had engendered a terrorist backlash against Pakistan.
Asif maintained that Washington has turned Islamabad into a “whipping boy” for its failures in Afghanistan.
Despite the tension, however, US and Pakistani officials remain in contact with each other. US Defence Secretary James Mattis on Friday said that the Pentagon was maintaining its communication with the Pakistani military establishment even after the suspension of military assistance.
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua has said that Pakistan will continue to engage with Washington as far as possible, because America is not only a global power but also has a regional presence, and “for us it’s almost our neighbour”.