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  • US reassessment of relationship "surprising" as Pakistan played positive role in Afghan peace process: FO.
  • Pakistan not under pressure to recognise or not to recognise Taliban govt; Islamabad "does not come under pressure", FO says.
  • Pakistan played a critical role in helping the US degrade Al Qaeda’s core leadership in Afghanistan, it adds.
The United States announcing it will reassess its relationship with Pakistan is "surprising" as we have played a positive role in the Afghan peace process, Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said Saturday.

The spokesperson, responding to a question at the weekly press briefing, said there is no pressure on Pakistan to recognise or not to recognise the Taliban government, and Islamabad does "not take any pressure".

"We will take independent decisions in line with our interests," the spokesperson clarified.

In response to the comments made by US lawmakers and Secretary of State Antony Blinken during recent Congressional hearings on Afghanistan, he said Pakistan has noted that they were "not in line with the close cooperation between Pakistan and the United States".


The spokesperson said the comments were "surprising" as Pakistan had played an imperative role in the recent evolving situation in Afghanistan.

"This was surprising as Pakistan’s positive role in the Afghan peace process, recent facilitation of the multinational evacuation effort from Afghanistan, and continued support for an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan have been duly acknowledged, including most recently by the US State Department spokesperson," he said.

The spokesperson recalled that Pakistan had played a critical role in helping the US degrade Al Qaeda’s core leadership in Afghanistan, which was the international coalition’s core objective.

"At the same time, Pakistan had always maintained that there was no military solution to the larger Afghan conflict and that a political settlement offered the only plausible pathway to sustainable peace in Afghanistan — a position now shared by the United States," he said.

The spokesperson said that achieving an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan that represents Afghanistan’s diversity and reflects the gains made by the country remains a shared objective for Pakistan and the United States.

"We look forward to building on this convergence while also strengthening other aspects of a broad-based and constructive relationship," the spokesperson added.

'Washington will reassess relationship with Pakistan'
On September 14, US Secretary of State Blinken had said that Washington will reassess its relationship with Pakistan in the coming days.

According to Reuters, the US had made it clear to Pakistan that it did not want Islamabad to recognise the Taliban government until it doesn't give women their due rights and allows Afghans who want to leave the country, to do so.

In the first public hearing in Congress about Afghanistan since last month's collapse of the US-backed Afghan government, US Secretary of State Blinken had told the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee that Pakistan has a "multiplicity of interests, some that are in conflict with ours."

"It is one that involved hedging its bets constantly about the future of Afghanistan, it's one that's involved harboring members of the Taliban ... It is one that's also involved in different points cooperation with us on counterterrorism," Blinken had said.

Asked by lawmakers if it is time for Washington to reassess its relationship with Pakistan, Blinken had said the administration would soon be doing that.

 

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  • US reassessment of relationship "surprising" as Pakistan played positive role in Afghan peace process: FO.
  • Pakistan not under pressure to recognise or not to recognise Taliban govt; Islamabad "does not come under pressure", FO says.
  • Pakistan played a critical role in helping the US degrade Al Qaeda’s core leadership in Afghanistan, it adds.
The United States announcing it will reassess its relationship with Pakistan is "surprising" as we have played a positive role in the Afghan peace process, Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said Saturday.

The spokesperson, responding to a question at the weekly press briefing, said there is no pressure on Pakistan to recognise or not to recognise the Taliban government, and Islamabad does "not take any pressure".

"We will take independent decisions in line with our interests," the spokesperson clarified.

In response to the comments made by US lawmakers and Secretary of State Antony Blinken during recent Congressional hearings on Afghanistan, he said Pakistan has noted that they were "not in line with the close cooperation between Pakistan and the United States".


The spokesperson said the comments were "surprising" as Pakistan had played an imperative role in the recent evolving situation in Afghanistan.

"This was surprising as Pakistan’s positive role in the Afghan peace process, recent facilitation of the multinational evacuation effort from Afghanistan, and continued support for an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan have been duly acknowledged, including most recently by the US State Department spokesperson," he said.

The spokesperson recalled that Pakistan had played a critical role in helping the US degrade Al Qaeda’s core leadership in Afghanistan, which was the international coalition’s core objective.

"At the same time, Pakistan had always maintained that there was no military solution to the larger Afghan conflict and that a political settlement offered the only plausible pathway to sustainable peace in Afghanistan — a position now shared by the United States," he said.

The spokesperson said that achieving an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan that represents Afghanistan’s diversity and reflects the gains made by the country remains a shared objective for Pakistan and the United States.

"We look forward to building on this convergence while also strengthening other aspects of a broad-based and constructive relationship," the spokesperson added.

'Washington will reassess relationship with Pakistan'
On September 14, US Secretary of State Blinken had said that Washington will reassess its relationship with Pakistan in the coming days.

According to Reuters, the US had made it clear to Pakistan that it did not want Islamabad to recognise the Taliban government until it doesn't give women their due rights and allows Afghans who want to leave the country, to do so.

In the first public hearing in Congress about Afghanistan since last month's collapse of the US-backed Afghan government, US Secretary of State Blinken had told the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee that Pakistan has a "multiplicity of interests, some that are in conflict with ours."

"It is one that involved hedging its bets constantly about the future of Afghanistan, it's one that's involved harboring members of the Taliban ... It is one that's also involved in different points cooperation with us on counterterrorism," Blinken had said.

Asked by lawmakers if it is time for Washington to reassess its relationship with Pakistan, Blinken had said the administration would soon be doing that.









How about NO RELATIONSHIP with america.
 

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That is the million dollar comment.
I always knew my ex-school classmate Asim Iftikhar was a genius, on a serious note he was probably given directions by our establishment to make such a bold comment. Nevertheless, in school we used to call him CHUDDU. :D
How about NO RELATIONSHIP with america.
Don't we all wish that, but currently not possible.
 

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When will we get aggressive media savvy spokespersons to represent the nation, instead of the end of the career officers thrown in front of the media of the world, knowing nothing and answering in ridiculous ways.
 

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Good, we should do the same and have the parliament decide the nature of future relationship with Washington.
 

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According to Reuters, the US had made it clear to Pakistan that it did not want Islamabad to recognise the Taliban government until it doesn't give women their due rights and allows Afghans who want to leave the country, to do so.

Am sure like "do more" how long is the piece of string and now they want to play the same game with the Taliban.

The United States announcing it will reassess its relationship with Pakistan is "surprising" as we have played a positive role in the Afghan peace process, Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said Saturday.
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Pakistan have served the US interests like a school boy and its time to move on. US never have appreciated us and its hint of blame game and Pakistan needs to be firm on his interests. Best we got out of this is, the US is out of the Afghanistan and one of the unruly border is much safer and that's some achievement for Pakistan itself.

In the first public hearing in Congress about Afghanistan since last month's collapse of the US-backed Afghan government, US Secretary of State Blinken had told the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee that Pakistan has a "multiplicity of interests, some that are in conflict with ours."

Gosh we live in this region and of course we will have our own interests and they will always come first. Pakistan can only consider any US interest after considering their own first and every country in the world is the same and Pakistan is no exception to that rule and we are not a US colony.

I was disappointed with the IK when he lowered Pakistan to Indian level on the CNN interview. We want our relationship with the US like US have got with the UK not what the US have got with the India. Pakistan have fought wars for the US interests and security like the UK have, what Indian have done for the US other then stealing the US jobs, wish Trump was still in power. US may not recognise at this moment and for the foreseeable time Pakistan sacrifices but then there will never going to be another time between us. Pakistan should go ahead in next 3 months and recognise along with few other countries the Taliban government as soon as they induct at least one female member in their cabinet. Pakistan must also closed down all the air corridors publicly for military use as soon as Blinken reassessment is complete and we know the results already to put an end to over the horizon crap like the NASR put cold water on the cold start doctrine. We need to show the US middle finger once for all, as for far too long we keep on giving in to their demands. Hostility in their congress towards us is just never ending despite the cutting of all the aid they think we owe them actually we don't. Just don't come back to us again with your bloody security and terrorism concerns just from now on live with it and have sleepless nights. Good bye America.
 

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The Americans are sour about a lot of things. When it comes to Pakistan, the US has always played double games. When it needed Pakistan it gave F-16s, military and economic aid. When it dumped Pakistan sanctions along with harassment followed.

The bad news for the US is that Pakistan is now strongly allied with China.
 

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The US have been humiliated and Pakistan fits the perfect villain to blame. Pakistan is a soft target for every nation in crises.
Pakistan has never had a strong FO policy.
 

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The US have been humiliated and Pakistan fits the perfect villain to blame. Pakistan is a soft target for every nation in crises.
Pakistan has never had a strong FO policy.

Even if Pakistan had a strong foreign policy we lack in other areas. Our main problem has been the ability to differentiate between foes and friends. Unfortunately we had and still have certain influential decision-makers who don't care about making the correct decisions. No matter how tough they are. That is because we are not loyal to Pakistan. We have personal interests. How can I be loyal to Pakistan when my son or daughter live and study in Western countries? How can I be loyal to Pakistan when I have economic interests in Western nations? You get the point I am trying to make.

The Brit left, but his ideas and remnants are still here.
 

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Even if Pakistan had a strong foreign policy we lack in other areas. Our main problem has been the ability to differentiate between foes and friends. Unfortunately we had and still have certain influential decision-makers who don't care about making the correct decisions. No matter how tough they are. That is because we are not loyal to Pakistan. We have personal interests. How can I be loyal to Pakistan when my son or daughter live and study in Western countries? How can I be loyal to Pakistan when I have economic interests in Western nations? You get the point I am trying to make.

The Brit left, but his ideas and remnants are still here.
Makes you think, maybe we should have remained under the British flag. Atleast it would have been goverend properly.
 

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Makes you think, maybe we should have remained under the British flag. Atleast it would have been goverend properly.

Every country have got there own different set of issues and problems and we are no exception.
Be proud who you are and whose flag you are carrying. Our forefathers have made a lot of sacrifices so our future generations can be free and live without any fear. You are living in the country which you have inherited without your any effort and that's the appreciation you are showing, very disgraceful remark to make and thought to have.
Pakistan is our motherland and despite all the wrong doings committed by so many still that soil have been generous to us and forever forgiving like a mother.
 

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So disappointing assessment from the current Pakistani GOP w.r.t legitimacy of Taliban Govt... I mean still waiting on to recognize the legitimacy of newly formed Afghan Govt... it is so rightly pointed out by Mr. Orya Maqbool Jan that Pakistani GOP is STILL dictated by the farangis..."Zehni Ghulaami se shayed hum kabhi bhi na nikal payein"...

 

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