WASHINGTON: Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif has reiterated Pakistan’s stance to play its positive role in bringing peace to the region through measures agreed upon by all relevant stakeholders.
Talking to media in Washington, he said Pakistan seeks recognition of its legitimate security concerns in the region.
The Minister said Pakistan greatly values its relationship with the United States. He said both countries can continue to work together for the common goal of peace, stability and prosperity in South Asia.
Khawaja Asif said Pakistan is extremely concerned about safe havens of terrorists in Afghanistan. He said our armed forces have done extremely well in counter terrorism operations and no other country can match Pakistan’s commitment and success.
The Minister also highlighted enormous investment opportunities in Pakistan particularly after significant achievements in war against terror.
Responding to Indian Air Force chief B.S. Dhanoa’s statement, Khawaja Asif has warned that if India launched a surgical strike on the country’s nuclear installations, nobody should expect restraint from Islamabad either.
Dhanoa had said that if India needed to carry out a surgical strike, IAF aircraft could target Pakistan’s nuclear installations and destroy them.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif urged Indian leaders not to contemplate such actions as it could have “dire consequences”. “The Indian air chief said we will hit, through another surgical strike, Pakistan’s nuclear installations. If that happens, nobody should expect restraint form us. That’s the most diplomatic language I can use,” Asif said.
The foreign minister is in Washington on a three-day official visit.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif met the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Lt. General McMaster at the White House.
The two leaders discussed the bilateral relationship as well as ways in which the two countries could promote mutually beneficial cooperation. They also discussed regional situation particularly Afghanistan.
The Foreign Minister briefed NSA about Pakistan’s perspective on the US strategy. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif stressed the importance that Pakistan attaches to peace in Afghanistan and emphasized the need to work together for regional peace and stability.