Pakistan, in a much harsh statement, shot down the U.S. criticism of its numerous efforts to fight terrorism.
“They should not make Pakistan a scapegoat for their failures in Afghanistan,” Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said in an interview with Geo TV late on Tuesday.
U.S. least popular president to date Donald Trump unveiled the much biased, and much awaited, new Afghanistan Policy on Monday. Completely untrue to his campaign promises, Mr. Trump called on to step up the on going U.S. Military operations in Afghanistan and signaled out Pakistan for harboring terrorists.
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U.S. officials later warned Pakistan that it could lose its status as a privileged ally if it continues to harbor selected terrorists groups.
“The president has been clear that we are going to attack terrorists wherever they live,” U.S. Secretory of State Rex Tillerson said.
“We have put people on notice that if you’re providing safe haven to terrorists, be warned — we are going to engage those providing safe haven and ask them to change what they are doing.”
Pakistan’s Army Chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, met U.S. Ambassador David Hale on Wednesday and told him Pakistan was actively working for peace in Afghanistan.
“We have done a lot … and shall keep on doing our best, not to appease anyone but in line with our national interest and national policy,” Bajwa was quoted in an army press statement as telling Hale.