Elections in Pakistan 2013

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Pakistan US Relations at the Lowest Point

While diplomacy between Pakistan and the United States is at the lowest ebb, especially after President Trump’s highly critical speech, Pakistan is struggling to establish backchannel contacts to resolve their differences over key issues. (Newsweek magazine )

 

Record of PML N government has remained dismal in recent years as far as diplomacy and foreign relations are concerned.

Earlier this month a group of former diplomats, military officials and security experts from the two countries held their third off-the-record meeting in Washington to discuss thorny issues including Pakistan's support for Afghan peace, increasing US ties with Pakistan's arch-rival India, New Delhi's role in Afghanistan and Islamabad's drift toward Beijing after initiation of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

 

 

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Former Pakistan ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani said the two sides are having frank discussion on issues and will prepare recommendations for the government for future of ties. He said the informal interaction aims at bringing private individuals and groups from the two countries to promote better understanding of issues and suggest solutions.

 

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Pakistan ambassador to the US, Aizaz Chaudhry welcomed the interaction. “Track II is not a substitute for official contacts but officials can benefit from the ideas generated,” he said.
Representatives from Pakistani side also included former head of Military Intelligence Lt Gen (R) Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad and former ambassador to Afghanistan Muhammad Sadiq while US side included former US assistant secretary of state Richard Boucher, former ambassador Robin Raphel and security experts Dr Tricia Bacon and David Smith.

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In his policy speech on Afghanistan, President Donald Trump lashed out at Pakistan urging it to stop giving sanctuary to "agents of chaos, violence and terror."  

“We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organisations, the Taliban and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond,” he said. Pakistan angrily reacted to Trump’s speech expressing disappointment over lack of acknowledgement by the president of Pakistan’s sacrifices in war against terror. Islamabad is also not happy with US support for its arch-rival India’s role in Afghanistan.  

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Post dated August 26, 2017.

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