Frustrated with new US strategy, Pakistani FM claims Afghan forces sell US weapons

Khawajah-AsifKABUL: In an apparent gesture of frustration with the US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia, the foreign minister of Pakistan has claimed that the Afghan security forces are selling the US supplied weapons.

Khawajah Asif made the remarks during an interview with a private Television Channel in Pakistan.

Asif further added that more than 90 percent of the attacks in Pakistan were plotted inside the Afghan soil besides claiming that 40 percent of the Afghan soil is under the control of the Taliban insurgents.

He was apparently responding to the criticisms of the US President Donald Trump who criticized Pakistan regarding the existence of the terrorist sanctuaries while announcing the new US strategy.

The US President Donald Trump on Tuesday unveiled the new US strategy outlining the approaches for Afghanistan and South Asia as he harshly criticized Pakistan for harboring the terrorist groups  besides he vowed continued support to Afghanistan and war against terrorism.

President Trump said  “For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror.  The threat is worse because Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed states whose tense relations threaten to spiral into conflict.  And that could happen.”

He said the next pillar of the new strategy is to change the approach and how to deal with Pakistan, emphasizing that we can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond, emphasizing that Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan.  It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists. -KP

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