WASHINGTON: Islamabad and Washington might not get pleasure from the identical shut relations they as soon as had prior to now, stated Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Asad Majeed Khan Wednesday.
Speaking to Geo News, Asad Majeed stated, “At the moment, the Biden administration is facing a lot of criticism in the US. Even the American media is criticising Washington’s Afghan evacuation policy.”
Stating that Pakistan had a key function to play in Afghanistan [after the Taliban takover], the ambassador stated that Pakistan might not get pleasure from as shut, cordial relations with the US because it as soon as did.
“To expect relations between Pakistan and the US to once again return to what they used to be in the past will not be a realistic approach,” he stated.
Majeed stated Pakistan’s ties with China have been sturdy and brotherly. He stated the US is a vital companion of Pakistan, including that Islamabad will do its finest to keep up a balanced approach between the 2 international locations.
While responding to a query, the envoy stated information studies and analyses didn’t mirror the insurance policies.
“Countries take independent decisions to protect their interests,” he famous. “We are protecting our interests and will continue to do so. The US does the same,” he added.
He stated wherever Pakistan and America’s pursuits aligned, individuals will observe each international locations shifting ahead of their relations.
Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan
Ties between Pakistan and the US appear to be strained within the wake of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
Despite assuming workplace earlier this yr, US President Joe Biden has nonetheless not referred to as or spoken to Prime Minister Imran Khan, even after the US evacuated its forces and residents from Afghanistan.
In a latest interview with the Middle East Eye, PM Imran Khan spoke about not receiving a name from the US president.
“Well, you know, it’s up to him. It’s [US] a superpower,” he had stated.
When the interviewer instructed him he discovered that “absolutely astonishing” that the 2 heads of states had not but spoken, PM Khan had stated:
“Well, our security chiefs have spoken. Our foreign minister has been in touch with the US foreign secretary. But no, we haven’t spoken, but we are in touch,” he had added.