Pakistan has fought wars largely from own resources: Foreign Office

ISLAMABAD  : The Foreign Office on Friday released an official statement backing Pakistan’s position on the war it has fought over the course of years from its own resources.

Office of the spokesperson stated, “We are engaged with the US Administration on the issue of security cooperation and await further details. Impact of US’ decision on pursuit of common objectives is also likely to emerge more clearly in due course of time. It, however, needs to be appreciated that Pakistan has fought the war against terrorism largely from its own resources which has cost over $120 billion in 15 years. We are determined to continue to do all it takes to secure the lives of our citizens and broader stability in the region.”

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The foreign office further said that the war Pakistan has fought has vastly served the national interest of US. “We believe that Pakistan-US cooperation in fighting terrorism has directly served US national security interests as well as the larger interests of international community. It has helped decimate Al Qaeda and fight other groups who took advantage of ungoverned spaces, a long porous border and posed a common threat to peace.”

“Through a series of major counter-terrorism operations Pakistan cleared all these areas resulting in elimination of organised terrorist presence leading to significant improvement in security in Pakistan. Our efforts towards peace are awaiting reciprocal actions from the Afghan side in terms of clearance of vast stretches of ungoverned spaces on the Afghan side, bilateral border management, repatriation of Afghan Refugees, controlling poppy cultivation, drug trafficking and initiating Afghan-led and owned political reconciliation in Afghanistan”, the statement noted further.

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Working towards enduring peace requires mutual respect and trust along with patience and persistence. Emergence of new and more deadly groups such as the Islamic State in Afghanistan call for enhancing international cooperation, the statement conclusively said.

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