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‘Policy to isolate Pakistan will fail’

US SHOULD PROBE DAESH PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN: KHAWAJA ASIF 

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif while expressing concerns, has said the United States should investigate about presence of “Daesh” in Afghanistan. Any policy which was isolating Pakistan would fail, he said. To another question regarding relations with United States, he said that Pakistan wanted to have good relations with US on equality basis. He made it clear that Pakistan would not accept any dictation. All steps would be taken in larger national interests, he added. He said the present government would complete its five years constitutional tenure and the PML-N would emerge as victorious in general election 2018. Ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif had returned to Pakistan from London and faced the cases, he said as quoted by a news agency. Despite reservations over the process of Joint Investigation Team, Sharif family had cooperated with the courts, he added. To a question regarding National Action Plan, he said that NAP was made to wipe out the terrorists from the country. All the national institutions and political parties had developed consensus on implementation of NAP, he said. Replying to another question he said that Pakistan’s civil and military leadership were on the same page regarding Afghan policy. Speaking in an interview to a private channel earlier, Kh Asif said the US is targeting Pakistan using the “excuse” of Haqqani network. He also emphasised that Pakistan wants equality-based ties with the US. He pointed out that Pakistani military has achieved massive success in the war against terrorism, whereas the US, in contrast, has only seen failures in Afghanistan.

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