Pakistan says Trump’s allegations ‘unfounded’ , aimed to prop India as a regional power

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Nasser Janjua accuses US of fomenting unrest in SA, speaking India’s language

ISLAMABAD: While rejecting US President Donald Trump’s allegations, Pakistan has termed his speech as propping India as a regional power. The Foreign Office spokesman has said here that Islamabad rejects the allegations levelled in the Trump administration’s first foreign policy announced a day earlier, saying they “trivialise” its counter terrorism efforts and sacrifices to promote peace in the region. In an official response to Trump’s new national security strategy, which presses on Pakistan to intensify its action against militant groups it alleges re-operating from Pakistan is oil, the Foreign Office (FO)said the “unsubstantiated” and “unfounded” allegations are contrary to ground realities and reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to its counter terrorism efforts.
 “Pakistan rejects such unfounded accusations that belie facts on ground and trivialise Pakistan’s efforts for fighting terrorism,” said a statement issued by FO spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal.
Pakistan has been at the forefront in the fight against terrorism and its cooperation resulted in the core of Al Qaeda being “decimated” from the region, the FO statement said.
The FO claimed that the Afghan soil is being used by hostile elements against Pakistan despite substantial US presence, and “Pakistan continues to suffer at the hands of state-sponsored terrorism, funded and abetted by our neighbours through proxies”. It said Pakistan’s proposals for effective border management to prevent cross-border movement of militants and return of Afghan refugees have not made any headway so far. “On the other hand, a malicious campaign is underway to undo Pakistan’s achievements in the war against terrorism.”
US support for India The FO also took a swipe at the United States’ efforts to prop India as a regional power, saying countries should be given such statuses on the basis of their “constructive contributions”. “Ironically, a country with a record of defiance of UNSC [United Nations Security Council] resolutions, introduction of nuclear weapons in South Asia and use of terrorism as a state policy is being projected as a regional leader,” the FO statement said. It said violence committed by India in held Kashmir and ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) targeting civilians are undermining strategic stability in South Asia.
It stressed that Pakistan has put in place a highly efficient, robust and centralised command and control mechanism to secure its nuclear arsenal. The country remains “committed to protect our sovereignty, territorial integrity and national interest determined by the people of Pakistan”, the FO said.
Nasser Janjua: Retired Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua, who currently serves as the Prime Minister’s special adviser on national security, on Monday said the United States(US) seems to be “speaking India’s language” and that the two nations have “the same ideas” regarding the Kashmir conflict. While addressing a seminar on the national security policy in Islamabad, Janjua complained: “The US is willing to give India a bigger role in Afghanistan while blaming Pakistan for its own failure in the region. India was given clear preference over Pakistan by the US,” he said, even though India “continuously threatens” conventional war with Pakistan.
“The US accuses Pakistan of having ties with the Haqqani network and the Taliban when, in actuality, Pakistan only started facing terrorism when it aligned its forces with the US,” Janjua said, adding that Pakistan had paid a heavy price in its fight against terrorism but the world never recognised its losses. During his address, Janjua also claimed the US has also opposed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. “The US wants imbalance in the region to ensure that China does not rise and that there is no resurgence of Russian powers in the region,” he added.