Pakistan aspires mutually beneficial relationship with US

“The US-Pakistan ties should not be seen through the prism of any other country and should not be seen through the prism of any other transaction,” said Ambassador Khan

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Pakistan’s top envoy in Washington seeks a mutually beneficial relationship with the United States, which is not viewed through the transactional foreign policy lens.

 

Speaking about the future of US-Pakistan ties at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank, Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan said both countries need a stand-alone relationship.

 

“The US-Pakistan ties should not be seen through the prism of any other country and should not be seen through the prism of any other transaction,” said Ambassador Khan.

 

“Now is the time to have a relationship for each other – a relationship that is not against anyone, but for the people of our two countries,” the diplomat explained.

 

Quoting Richard Armitage, a former US diplomat, Ambassador Khan said, Washington and Islamabad have always had a relationship that is directed against something.

 

“At one point in time, we were allies against communism, at another point in time, we were allies against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and then, at another point in time, we were fighting terrorism,” Ambassador Khan reminded the audience. The US-Pakistan ties, the diplomat said, have always been seen in transactional terms.

 

The US and Pakistan have a long and complex relationship which is defined by the nature of Washington’s business in the region. In the decades after the Soviet invasion, Afghanistan became a defining feature in the ties between the two countries.

 

Shortly after the Soviet army left Afghanistan, Islamabad felt abandoned. Once again, after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Pakistan’s services were obtained during the US invasion of Afghanistan.

 

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