Pakistan ready for joint patrols of Durand Line: Abbasi

Pakistan ready for joint patrols of Durand Line: Abbasi

"We don't think the Pakistani-US relationship will be defined by Afghanistan", the prime minister said. The United States should have a holistic view of the entire situation as Pakistan is not over-dependent on American assistance - be it military or economic and therefore, sanctions that have already started unfolding unofficially would not yield desired result.

Abbasi made the remarks regarding to current tensions with the United States.

Khaqan Abbasi said Pakistan had suffered massively due to instability in Afghanistan but it was committed for a peaceful resolution of the Afghan issue. President Trump had wisely hinted to withdraw from the country but now he has reversed the policy by announcing to dispatch more troops in the hope of grabbing mineral resources of Afghanistan.

He said that Pakistan had lost more than $120 billion in the war against terrorism.

The prime minister asked the media persons to visit Miran Shah - the administrative headquarters of the war-stricken North Waziristan agency - and see themselves how Pakistan's military had cleared the area by offering great sacrifices in the war against terror. He said that Pakistan was open to bilateral verifications and joint patrols.

"We are open for joint patrolling, we are open for joint posts along the border with Afghanistan", the prime minister said, adding: "We will put up a fence there; the Afghans are welcome to put up another fence on their side". There was no difference in the policy of Pakistani and Chinese governments, he added.

But, with Beijing investing upwards of $50 billion in Pakistan as part of its One Belt One Road project, USA aid has lost the sway it once held.

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The Prime Minister stated that he would like the Pakistani diplomatic missions overseas to serve as economic and trade ambassadors of Pakistan.

The prime minister did not foresee to go to the International Monetary Fund and hoped that the government would achieve its economic targets with prudent economic policies.

He said the devaluation of rupee was not on the cards.

He said Pakistan needed more collaboration between the two countries in various areas rather than aid and assistance. "We respect others' sovereignty and expect the same from others for ours", he said.

Pakistan also claims to have lost more than $120 billion in terms of infrastructure damage and loss of investment since it joined the USA led war on terror.

Regarding Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif's visits to four countries after Trump's policy statement, the prime minister said the minister was visiting major capitals to discuss Trump's policy with the leadership of these countries. "We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond", he said.

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