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Wednesday December 08, 2021

Pakistan concerned about Afghanistan situation, says NSA Moeed Yusuf

Peace in Afghanistan in best interests of US, Pakistan, says Moeed Yusuf

By Web Desk
August 06, 2021
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Security Dr Moeed Yusuf. — AFP/File
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Security Dr Moeed Yusuf. — AFP/File

Pakistan's National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf said Friday that Pakistan was concerned about the evolving security situation in Afghanistan, adding that peace in the country was in the best interests of both Washington and Islamabad. 

Moeed Yusuf held a press conference in the US capital after holding discussions with senior Biden administration officials, including NSA Jake Sullivan, on the security situation in the region due to escalating violence in Afghanistan.

He said that both countries should look to the future, instead of dwelling on the past, when it came to the Afghanistan issue. "We are concerned about the current situation in the country,” he stressed.

He said that unfortunately, Afghanistan has been shifting the blame for its failures on Pakistan.

“I came here on Prime Minister Imran Khan's directives to figure out a political solution to the Afghan imbroglio,” Moeed Yusuf said. 

The NSA stressed that Pakistan wants brotherly relations with all countries. He spoke highly of the friendship between Islamabad and Beijing, saying that “China has helped Pakistan in strengthening our economy.”

In the press conference, Yusuf refuted his statement about Washington's lack of interaction with Islamabad to the Financial Times earlier this week.  

“The president of the United States hasn’t spoken to the prime minister of such an important country who the US itself says is make-or-break in some cases, in some ways, in Afghanistan — we struggle to understand the signal, right?” Yusuf had told the UK paper.

 While briefing about his US visit, Yusuf said he had detailed discussions with US investors about Pakistan’s economic security.

Responding to a question about the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) conditions, Yusuf said he did not speak on the matter with US officials.

“Pakistan has completed work on 26 out of 27 points of FATF action plan. Everyone knows about the Indian NSA’s statement related to Pakistan on the FATF issue.”

In response to another question about the Afghan refugees, Moeed Yusuf said they should be settled in their own country and should not be moved to other countries.

His response on the issue came a day after the US State Department asked Pakistan to keep its borders open for Afghan refugees.

“So, in a place like Pakistan, it’ll be important that their borders remain open,” a senior State Department official had told journalists.