US should perceive Pakistan’s safety wants: Zardari

Asif Ali Zardari
As ties between Pakistan and the US (US) come underneath stress within the wake of a fallout over funding for F-16 fighter jets, former president and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday referred to as on the US to guarantee Pakistan of dedication to its safety wants.

Zardari urged the US to “look past its guidelines of necessities for cooperation on our safety wants and as an alternative assume strategically about the way it can assist a democratic nation underneath stress from the identical terror teams that threaten regional safety”.

The previous president, who has historically maintained good ties with US, stated that the Pak-US bilateral relationship “has suffered tremendously during the last 15 years”.

“The battle between Pakistan and the US over funding for the acquisition of F-16 fighter jets lays naked how far aside the 2 international locations have grown,” he stated, including, “What was as soon as a robust partnership… has frayed and is getting weaker.”

The PPP chief expressed hope that US State Division officers at present in Pakistan for conferences with prime authorities officers will “take this chance to guarantee us that they continue to be dedicated to supporting our safety wants”.

“We are actually combating for our lives,” he stated, inviting “factions within the US Congress that do not consider we’re dedicated to combating terrorists” to return to Pakistan and “bear witness to the violence” on account of terrorism.

Latest statements by each international locations describe a “dysfunctional” relationship, he stated, paying attention to a damning editorial printed by the New York Instances final week which implicated Pakistan for the mess in Afghanistan and termed Islamabad a “duplicitous” and “harmful” companion for the US and Afghanistan.

The editorial, he stated, described strategic pursuits between the international locations as “each troubling however obligatory”.

Nevertheless, he added, current feedback by the US State Division “can learn as supportive of Pakistan’s wants for brand spanking new weapon methods to step up its struggle towards terror”.

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