Instability in Afghanistan becomes a catalyst for terrorist attacks in Pakistan

Washington (Monitoring Desk): Pakistan’s ambassador to United States Aizaz Choudhry has said that instability in Afghanistan has become a catalyst for terrorist attacks in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s ties with China will not be at the expense of the 70 years of robust relations with the United States.

This was the crux of Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry speech on Pakistan’s perspective on the changes taking place in South Asia and the prospects for peace and stability in the region. He was speaking in Washington DC on Wednesday at an event hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

He said that when Pakistan and the United States worked together they have always succeeded while when they have not they almost certainly failed.

 He reiterated that the civil-military leadership of Pakistan is united in the fight against terrorism and will not allow any militant safe havens in the country.

The Pakistani ambassador doubled down on the need to ensure lasting peace in Afghanistan as it is in the best interests of both countries.

Chaudhry said that the United States and Pakistan have the same goal in war-torn Afghanistan.

The United States has spent more than 680 billion dollars to sustain efforts in the country.

He said that both countries worked together to take into custody 600 al Qaeda operatives in the past.

Chaudhry said that a comprehensive approach is needed to fight terrorism, not only counterterrorism efforts.

He said that 125 acts of terrorism in Pakistan have been perpetrated by militants from Afghanistan.

Speaking on the situation in South Asia, he said the situation is uncertain with India and China having an uneasy peace while tensions between India and Pakistan are on the rise.

He said that Afghanistan has also become increasingly destabilised. Chaudhry said that there are major question marks over the Iran nuclear deal which was painstakingly achieved after ten years.

Coming to Pakistan, he contextualised the major talking points into four issues which included the fight against terrorism, economic situation, youth bulge and continuity of democracy.