FO contemplates effective response to new Afghan policy


ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) has decided to call a meeting to prepare an effective diplomatic response to the United States’ (US) new Afghan policy.

With the US President Donald Trump taking a tough line against Pakistan over its alleged support of terrorists, and to side with the United States in the war on terror, the FO has decided to call a meeting to discuss an effective response.

Participants of the meeting would also discuss and deliberate in detail on the new Afghan policy.

The US President warned Pakistan on Monday that Washington will no longer tolerate Pakistan offering “safe havens” to extremists.

“We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations,” said the president, outlining a new US security strategy in South Asia.

“Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our efforts in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbour criminals and terrorists,” he added.

Going further, Trump suggested that the military and other aid to Washington’s nuclear-armed ally is at stake if it does not clamp down on extremism.

“We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars and at the same time they are housing the very terrorists we are fighting,” he said.

“That will have to change and that will change immediately,” he said.

“It is time for Pakistan to dedicate to civilization and order and peace,” remarked the president.