Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said Pakistan and the United States share a common desire for peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.Talking to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington, he said Pakistan is winning its war against terrorism and incidents of terrorism in the country have seen a marked decline with a salutary impact on economic and commercial activities. The two sides agreed to remain constructively engaged with a view to achieving the shared objectives of peace, stability and economic prosperity in the region.   

Analysts on telephone:

Dr. Talat Wizarat (Analyst):

“Pakistan US relations have been like a roller coaster ride over the years. In recent days, the bilateral relations have been eclipsed by situation in Afghanistan and the statements from Trump administration. President Trump has indicated to give a bigger role to India in war torn Afghanistan. Pakistan cannot accept this development as India has been involved in perpetrating sabotage activities in Pakistan to destabilize us. US policy in Afghanistan has failed and now they are trying to find scapegoats. This is very counterproductive policy and will not help bringing peace and stability in the region. Pakistan has acted strongly against all terrorist groups and has broken the back of militants. Now, it is the turn of Afghanistan to act against these groups operating on its soil.”

Ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation - FO summons Indian deputy high commissioner to lodge strong protest

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has strongly condemned the unprovoked firing by Indian forces. In a statement, he lauded the role of Pakistani security forces who gave a befitting response to silence the enemy's guns. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressed deepest condolences and sympathies with the bereaved families. India once again resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control at Rawalakot and Chirikot Sectors targeting civil population of Kakuta, Chaffar, Serian and Narakot villages. Foreign Office has strongly condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces in Chirikot Sector on Wednesday, martyring two civilians and injuring two others including a woman.

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