There is not desire in the United States to declare Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism, Pakistan's envoy in Washington, has said.
The remarks come after a U.S. lawmaker moved a bill to the U.S. Congress to declare Pakistan state sponsor of terrorism.
“Not only is Pakistan is an untrustworthy ally, Islamabad has also aided and abetted enemies of the United States for years,” Congressman Ted Poe, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, said.
However, Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary, Pakistan’s new ambassador to U.S., has said that there is no desire in the hosting country to declare Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism as he said both countries want to continue their longstanding relationship, Dawn reported.
He said that there’s “a tiny minority” in Washington, which keeps raising the issue, but “the bulk of American policy sees Pakistan as a partner in the war against terrorism.”
On Afghan peace, the Pakistani envoy called for establishing a multilateral forum similar to Quadrilateral Coordination Group.
He claimed that Pakistan had eliminated almost all terrorist safe havens from Federally Administered Tribal Areas, adding the Taliban terrorists crossed into Afghanistan during the military operation.
On the border which remains closed for over a month, Chaudhary said that it is part of a concreted plan for stopping the cross-border attacks.
“This is border management, necessary to combat terrorists, not border closure,” he said asking Afghanistan also to manage the border to stop cross-border attacks.