Pakistan was terror-free before Afghan war: ISPR DG

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By Umargondal , via Wikimedia Commons

President Donald Trump in a New Year's Day tweet accused the country of giving nothing to the USA but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists in return for United States dollars 33 billion aid over the last 15 years.

Pakistan , he said, proposed to Afghanistan a bilateral border control mechanism.

Responding to this move, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry requested further explanations from the U.S., noting that Islamabad was fighting against terrorism mostly with the use of its own funds.

"The Gen Bajwa doctrine will bring a durable peace in the country", he said, adding that cooperation between institutions was vital in the war against terrorism.

Maj-Gen Asif said Pakistan had restored peace on its soil and now Afghanistan will also have to do so. Continuing he said that Pakistan is fully aware of the US" concerns with regards to the activities of Afghan nationals in Pakistan, and that "we are already undertaking multiple actions through Operation "Raddul Fasaad' to deny any residual capacity to terrorists of all hue and colour for which return of Afghan refugees is an essential prerequisite".

The issue will be raised with the UN Refugee Agency and the global community, said a statement released after the meeting.

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Pakistan, he said, had been facing challenges since 1947 as all the hostile powers, especially the perpetual threat of India, worked against it.

According to the statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), General Bajwa received two telephone calls from General Joseph L. Votel and a US Senator over the weekend to discuss Pak-US security cooperation post the President Trump tweet.

Giving example of Swat offensive, he said, "It was different due to population there".

"We have to track down and eliminate that unseen enemy", he added.

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