Aizaz Chaudhry stated this during a meeting with the US Senator Jack Reed (Democrat-Rhode Island) at Capitol Hill in Washington DC on Tuesday.
Senator Reed is the Ranking Member of Senate Armed Services Committee. He is also a member of Senate Appropriations and the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committees.
Aizaz Chaudhry briefed Senator Reed about Pakistan’s perspective on the new US strategy for South Asia and the current situation in Afghanistan. He informed the Senator that Pakistan had successfully reversed the tide of terrorism by clearing its tribal and border areas of all militant groups.
He said that marked improvement in the country’s security environment and growing global recognition of Pakistan’s status as an emerging economy are attracting foreign investors interest, including from corporate America.
He also emphasized that Pakistan wanted to work with the US to bring peace to Afghanistan because Pakistan’s economic and security gains would be at risk if instability in Afghanistan continues.
He also expressed concern about the growth in ungoverned spaces inside Afghanistan, which were being used by terrorist elements to launch attacks against Pakistan.
Appreciating Ambassador Chaudhry’s briefing, Senator Reed said that sustained engagement between Pakistan and the United States remained critical to achieving peace in Afghanistan.