Pak-US enjoy decades old diplomatic, political ties: PM Abbasi


Islamabad, Oct. 9 (TNS): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says ties between Washington and Islamabad are based upon decades old diplomatic, political and historic affinities and could not be defined with the sole issue of Afghanistan, state media reported on Monday.

In an interview, Abbasi said both governments are committed to remain engaged over a range of issues, including the issue of war on terror as Pakistan had been fighting the biggest war in the world against the menace.

The Prime Minister said India wanted to divert attention over its atrocities in the occupied Kashmir through false allegations about Pakistan’s support to indigenous Kashmiri struggle for freedom.

About prospects of prime ministerial level talks with India, the prime minister said to discuss issues, India must end gross human violations in the occupied Kashmir, implement UN resolutions, cease Line of Control violations and budge from its cold war doctrine.

The Prime Minister maintained that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is part of the Chinese government’s initiative of ‘One Belt One Road’ and a flagship of vast infrastructure and energy projects.

He dismissed US Defence Secretary Mattis’ statement over CPEC and said the United Nations should take measures to implement Security Council resolutions over Kashmir.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan and Afghanistan enjoyed fraternal ties and invited Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to visit Pakistan.

To yet another question, he said he is functioning under the Constitution and complete tasks by the PML-N government by adhering to the pro-developmental policies and look forward for the next elections.