Oct 26, 2018, 12:03 PM
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Islamabad dismisses Pompeo's statement

Islamabad, Oct 26, IRNA – Dismissing the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement, Pakistan's Foreign Office has insisted that no country could exert pressure on Pakistan for “something which we believe is in our own interest.'

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s has stated that Washington will hold Islamabad accountable if it did not act decisively against terrorists.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said Pakistan’s own economic vision and integration into the broader region hinges on peace in Afghanistan.

“There is no question of any country applying pressure on Pakistan for something which we believe is in our own interest,” Faisal said, while responding to the recent statement of Pompeo that Pakistan would be held accountable if it did not cut off ties to the extremist groups, including the Haqqani Network.

The spokesperson made it clear that Pakistan’s domestic and external pronouncements were guided by its national interest and prosperity of the people of Pakistan.

He said Pakistan and the US along with other regional stakeholders were currently engaged in pursuing a political settlement in Afghanistan, which is Afghan-owned and Afghan-led.

In this context, the US Special Representative on Afghan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited the region, including Pakistan, a couple of weeks ago.

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