ISLAMABAD: National Security Committee has outrightly rejected allegations levelled in US strategy on Afghanistan and observed that scapegoating Pakistan will not help in stabilizing Afghanistan.
The meeting of National Security Committee was held in Islamabad on Thursday to discuss the Trump Administration’s South Asia Strategy.
It observed that Pakistan had to manage the blowback of a protracted conflict in Afghanistan that resulted in deluge of refugees, flow of drugs and arms and more recently in the shape of terrorist safe havens in eastern Afghanistan from where anti-Pakistan terrorist groups continue to operate and launch attacks inside Pakistan.
While noting the US commitment to continue to shoulder the burden of Afghanistan and reverse the expanding ungoverned spaces in the country, the Committee observed that Pakistan has consistently supported all international efforts for a stable and peaceful Afghanistan and has also committed more than a billion US dollars for infrastructure and social development in that country.
It said that over the years, Pakistan has worked with both the United States and Afghanistan to promote peace through a politically negotiated outcome which, in Pakistan’s view, remains the best option to bring stability to this war torn country.
Pakistan has also endorsed and supported all Afghan-owned and Afghan-led initiatives for peace.
The committee said that Pakistan has taken indiscriminate actions against all terrorist networks and sacrificed tens of thousands of troops and civilians in this fight.—Radio Pakistan