Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, addressed members of the Washington-based think tank community, local and international press, and academia, at an exclusive event organized by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in Washington today. Ambassador Chaudhry briefed the audience on Pakistan’s economic turnaround and successes in the fight against terrorism, besides sharing Pakistan’s perspective on key issues and developments in the region.
The Ambassador said that Pakistan’s growth indicators were positive and pointing in the right direction because of the Government of Pakistan’s focus on economic stability and outward looking policies. The Government’s emphasis on building economic connectivity, best symbolized by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, had generated interest among international investors, including those from corporate America. This economic revival had taken place at the same time that the country had successfully turned the corner in its fight against terrorism and extremism. Referring to the great human and material cost entailed in reversing the tide of terrorism when it was ascendant elsewhere in the region, Ambassador Chaudhry said that, “No nation has done more in the fight against terrorism.”
Turning towards regional developments, the Ambassador said Pakistan continued to support an inclusive political reconciliation process in Afghanistan as the only viable path towards obtaining lasting peace in the region. There is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. The Ambassador identified key steps for restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan, including intra-Afghan reconciliation, robust border management, repatriation of Afghan refugees and close cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Ambassador Chaudhry stated that the tendency of blaming Pakistan for security incidents inside Afghanistan was unhelpful. There was evidence that militant groups, having fled from Pakistan’s border areas as a result of Pakistan’s operations, had found sanctuaries in Afghanistan’s ungoverned spaces from where they planned and coordinated attacks against both countries.
Ambassador Chaudhry reaffirmed that Pakistan was ready to work with the United States as a partner for achieving peace and security in the region.
July 26 , 2017