Pakistan rejects India-US joint assertion on counter terrorism as ‘one-sided’

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FO says Pakistan has communicated to US its critical considerations of unacceptable reference to nation in joint assertion. Photo: File

Foreign Office on Tuesday “strongly rejected the unwarranted references” relating to Pakistan made within the Joint Statement of US–India Counter-Terrorism Joint Working Group and Designations Dialogue, reminding that it was essential that associate international locations “refrain from endorsing positions that are one-sided”.

“Our serious concerns and rejection of the unacceptable reference to Pakistan in the afore-mentioned joint statement have been conveyed to the US side,” mentioned an announcement issued by the Foreign Office (FO).

The FO added that it was “important that partner countries” take an goal view of the problems of peace and safety in South Asia. It additionally urged them to “refrain from endorsing positions that are one-sided and divorced from ground realities”.

Islamabad reminded that the worldwide neighborhood was well-aware that Pakistan was a rustic “most affected by cross-border terrorism, sponsored and supported by India”. It additionally mentioned that the world recognises Pakistan’s efforts, sacrifices and successes within the struggle towards terrorism.

“Pakistan has repeatedly underlined that peace and stability in South Asia is threatened by the irresponsible policies and actions of the RSS-BJP regime in India — including towards its minorities, its state-terrorism in Indian occupied Kashmir, and its belligerence against Pakistan and other countries in the region,” mentioned the assertion.

The FO urged the world to “reverse course and desist from playing a role detrimental to regional peace and stability”.

China backs Pakistan’s efforts

Soon after the joint assertion, the Chinese international ministry known as on the worldwide neighborhood to recognise and respect Pakistan’s “tremendous efforts and sacrifice in fighting terrorism”.

“Countries should conduct international cooperation on counter-terrorism on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit to jointly safeguard international peace and security,” mentioned Chinese international ministry spokesperson.