Pakistan lodges strong protest over US President’s remarks

ISLAMABAD: The US Chargé D’ Affaires Ambassador Paul Jones was summoned to Foreign Office on Tuesday and a strong protest was lodged with him on the unwarranted and unsubstantiated allegations made against Pakistan by the US President.
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua conveyed the Government’s disappointment on the recent tweets and comments by the US President and told him that such baseless rhetoric about Pakistan is totally unacceptable.
Rejecting the insinuations about Osama bin Laden, Foreign Secretary reminded the US diplomat that it was Pakistan’s intelligence cooperation that provided the initial evidence to trace the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden.
She told the US CdA that no other country had paid a heavier price than Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.
The US leadership had acknowledged on multiple occasions that Pakistan’s cooperation had helped in decimating the core Al-Qaeda leadership and eradicating the threat of terrorism from the region.
The US must not forget that scores of top Al-Qaida leaders were killed or captured by active Pakistani cooperation. Pakistan’s continued support to the efforts of international community in Afghanistan through Ground, Air and Sea lines of communication was unquestionably critical to the success of this Mission in Afghanistan.
The Foreign Secretary said in the wake of recent US pronouncements to seek political settlement in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US were working in close coordination with other regional stake holders in order to end the prolonged conflict.
She said at this critical juncture, baseless allegations about a closed chapter of history could seriously undermine this vital cooperation.


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