Islamabad will continue it’s ties with Washington: Pak Foreign Secretary


Agencies, Karachi In the aftermath of US suspending its security aid to Pakistan, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua has said that Pakistan would continue to have its engagement with US as far as possible. Ms Janjua said its important to have ties with US because America is not only a global power but also has its presence in the region, Dawn reported on Sunday.Delivering a lecture on ‘Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Issues’ here on Saturday, she said the Pakistan need to continue to have a measured response to all the rhetoric coming out of the US. On January 1, US President Donald Trump tweeted ‘The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!’ Reply to a question on Trump’s tweet she said that the tweet could be well thought out or Mr Trump was just being his impulsive self, or it could be a result of any other reason such as the fact that the US is not doing well in Afghanistan. The foreign secretary said the rise of China as an economic and military power was perceived as the challenger to the US dominance.