US officials approach Islamabad to defuse tensions: sources

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US officials approach Islamabad to defuse tensions: sources
Following strong rebuttal by Pakistan’s Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan to President Donald Trump’s biased and reckless allegations pertaining to harbouring Al-Qaeda chief Bin Laden, senior officials of United States have approached Islamabad to defuse the tensions, well-informed sources told.

While praising Pakistan’s unrivalled sacrifices in anti-terror campaign, the officials informed Pakistani counterparts that Washington would require Islamabad’s additional assistance in the future too.

The US officials in their written reply promised ‘to inform President Trump about sacrifices rendered by Pakistan’.

The officials also stated that US would continue to engage with Islamabad on diplomatic channels.

Earlier, the on-off relationship between Pakistan and US dipped to new low after President Trump extended his proclivity of picking Twitter fights while accusing Pakistan of doing nothing for US despite receiving billions in aid.

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan took strong exception to Trump’s accusations while apprising the president that Pakistan had lost over $123 bln in so-called War on Terror.

Earlier today, The US Chargé D Affaires Ambassador Paul Jones was summoned to Foreign Office on Tuesday and a strong protest was lodged with him on the unwarranted and unsubstantiated allegations made against Pakistan by the US President Donald Trump.

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua conveyed the Government s disappointment on the recent tweets and comments by the US President and told him that such baseless rhetoric about Pakistan is totally unacceptable.

Rejecting the insinuations about Osama bin Laden, Foreign Secretary reminded the US diplomat that it was Pakistan’s intelligence cooperation that provided the initial evidence to trace the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden.

She told the US that no other country had paid a heavier price than Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.

 

Originally Posted on SuchTv

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