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Pakistan minutely reviewing new US strategy about Afghanistan, South Asia: Asif

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif says Pakistan has rendered great scarifies and suffered huge economic losses in the war against terrorism.

In a media interview Sunday, the Foreign Minister said recognition of these sacrifices by the world community is essential for elimination of terrorism. He said no other country has done more than Pakistan to eliminate terrorism.

The Foreign Minister said Pakistan will continue its efforts to wipe out terrorism with commitment by taking action against terrorists without any discrimination. He said Pakistan is minutely reviewing the new US strategy about Afghanistan and South Asia.

He said Pakistan is a peace loving country and keen to develop cordial relations with neighbouring counties on equal basis.

“No country has done more than Pakistan to end terrorism and no country has suffered more than Pakistan. Pakistan is committed to take action against terrorists without any discrimination and its efforts to wipe out terrorism would continue,” he said.

The minister said: “We are minutely reviewing the new US strategy about Afghanistan and South Asia”. “Pakistan is a peace loving country and keen in developing cordial relations with neighboring counties on basis of equal footings and we are making strenuous efforts to maintain peace in the region,” he said.

The minister said after parliament session he would visit regional countries for bilateral consultation on the current issue. The Minister said after Parliament’s session, he would visit regional countries for bilateral consultation on current issues.

Forty percent of Afghan land is still under the control of Taliban, the federal minister said. He said over 90 percent attacks on Pakistan had been carried out from Afghan side.

Asif advised the US not to blame Islamabad for their failures over the last 16 years.

Peace, which is also in our interest, may be restored in Afghanistan, said Asif, who is scheduled to embark on a three-nation regional tour from next week for consultations on the new American policy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

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