Uneasy truth out? Pakistan minister says US not a reliable friend
Blurting out a disquieting truth about Islamabad's relationship with Washington, Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Asif raised question over the reliability of US as a friend.
Islamabad: Blurting out a disquieting truth about Islamabad's relationship with Washington, Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Asif raised question over the reliability of US as a friend.
According to a report by the Dawn News, Asif spouted some unpleasant remarks about its longtime ally US, scathing its foreign policy as “disastrous” for Pakistan.
Speaking at the Institute of Strategic Studies, Asif said, “The Americans have been our friends for a long time – since the 60s and the 70s – but their reliability is relative,” the Dawn quoted him as saying.
Mentioning “highs and lows” in US-Pak ties, Asif acknowledged that the trust between the two nations was not 100 percent and that both were not on the same page when it came to the policies on fighting terrorism.
He also expressed regret over the US State Department's remarks over Pakistan's military operation in the tribal areas and called it very “discomforting”.
Asif said that it was unjustified that the US had expressed ‘disappointment’ with Pakistan’s contribution to the ‘war on terror’.
Other than in South Asia, Asif went on to lambast the American foreign policy in Mid East, labelling America responsible for the rise of ISIS.
Asif accused the US of using the Islamic State to its advantage in fight against the Assad regime in Syria.
“We may feel the repercussions [of the US foreign policy failure] in the region for many years,” the Dawn quoted Asif as saying.