Pakistan accuses the United States of exporting war and eternal instability into South Asia, and siding with India in bilateral agreements.
The allegations made by Pakistan's National Security Adviser Nasir Janjua once again show the decline of Islamabad Washington. It also reinforced reports that the two countries have been at loggerheads especially since President Donald Trump in August uncovered a new policy for Afghanistan and South Asia.
American policy accuses Pakistan of protecting terrorists, including the Haqqani Network, which waged war on Afghanistan and drafted an attack on India. The US policy also focused on the use of more intensive military means to defeat the Afghan Taliban and called for India to expand its role in Afghanistan, disregarding Islamabad's opposition and claims.
Janjua reaffirmed Pakistan's objections when speaking at a security seminar in Islamabad on Monday. "Pakistan has been made irrelevant in Afghanistan, seeking a scapegoat and piling up all the blame on Pakistan, siding with India on all subjects," he said. "Pakistan has been made irrelevant to Afghanistan, plans to lower the level of relations, US legislators ask that Pakistan be declared a sponsored state of terrorism, "Janjua said.
He added that although Pakistan is a NATO ally, its efforts to obtain defense equipment have been blocked and its nuclear weapons program opposed.
India has become an ally of choice and military solutions are once again chosen for Afghanistan, "Janjua said. He added that the way forward for America in Afghanistan is to focus on political solutions rather than military forces.
He added that Washington should appoint a political authority in Afghanistan whose authority is the same as the military commander to advance the political settlement.
Janjua also accused the United States of wanting to stem the rise of China and Russia's return to the region, thus opposing a multibillion-dollar economic corridor project funded by the China's Global Belt and Road Initiative.
To mitigate China and Russia's challenges and to ensure self-transcendence, America exports war and eternal instability to South Asia, "Janjua said. India was supported and encouraged to advance American regional interests
No response from US officials to this Janjua statement
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis earlier this month visited Pakistan where he called for civilian and military leaders to step up efforts against terrorism. Officials did not disclose details of the talks, but called them positive and productive, without the confrontation element. [ds]