Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in his latest remarks regarding the possible expansion of the sanctions said any targeted sanctions by Washington against the Pakistani military and intelligence officials would not help US counter-terrorism efforts.
“We are fighting the war against terror, anything that degrades our effort will only hurt the US effort,” Abbasi was quoted as saying by Geo News. “What does it achieve?”
Abbasi said it was “unfair” to blame Pakistan for all the troubles in Afghanistan, saying Washington should show more appreciation for Pakistan’s losses from militancy and its role in hosting 3.5 million Afghan refugees.
The pressures by Washington on Pakistan regarding the safe havens of the terror groups are also on the rise after the announcement of the new strategy by US President Donald Trump last month.
President Trump said “For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror. The threat is worse because Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed states whose tense relations threaten to spiral into conflict. And that could happen.”
He said the next pillar of the new strategy is to change the approach and how to deal with Pakistan, emphasizing that 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, emphasizing that Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists.