The Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said the jihadis on its soil were nurtured by the US to counter the Soviets.
The US cannot abstain from its liability for rise in jehad in South Asia, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif was reported to have said while addressing the session hosted by Asia Society in New York on Wednesday.
“It is very easy to say that Pakistan is supporting Haqqanis and Hafiz Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba. They are liabilities, I accept that they are liabilities. But give us time to get rid of these liabilities. You are increasing our liabilities further,” said Asif.
The Foreign Minister said the current jihadis on its soil were all nurtured by the US to counter the Soviets. “Don’t blame us for Haqqanis, don’t blame us for Hafiz Saeeds. These were the people who were your darlings… 20 or 30 years back. They were being dined and wined in the White House,” added the foreign minister.
Asif while addressing the gathering at Asia society accused America of using it for its strategic objectives and then discarding it.
The foreign Minister accused the US for conducting proxy war against Soviet Union and cited that as a reason for current turmoil in the country.
“Pakistan has stood very firmly with the US in the Soviet war which was a wrong decision. It was a proxy war. We were used and discarded,” the Minister said, refusing to accept the entire blame for the rise of Islamism and terrorism in the region. “It is a collective sin or mistake that we made. You should not have left the way you did after the end of the Cold War,” he said, adding, “we have made mistakes.
The statements comes in the backdrop of US President Donald Trump‘s recent notice to Pakistan over terrorism where he said, “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 … Pakistan has also sheltered the same organisations that try every single day to kill our people.”
The Minister said President Donald Trump’s new policy towards the region, in which he blamed Pakistan for terrorism “wasn’t surprising but disappointing.”
He said America is impeding the efforts of Pakistan to rid itself of from the terrorism.
In the Indian context, Asif criticised India for disengaging itself from bilateral talks to resolve instability in the region. He further blamed India for committing atrocities on the minorities that will have potential to further fuel disturbance in the region. “No country has a larger stake in seeing peace return to Afghanistan than Pakistan,” but it has its limits in resolving a crisis that remains unresolved despite the intervention of the richest and the most powerful countries in the world, the Minister said.
Recently, at the UN General Assembly session held in New York, India described Pakistan as a “failed state” and called Pakistan a region synonymous with terror.