Even as Pakistan has been rising nearer to China lately with Beijing rising as a strong associate for Islamabad’s financial plans, its ties with the United States have been on the slide. There is contemporary proof of that in a letter, completely accessed by CNN-News18, from Pakistan’s overseas minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to his nation’s ambassador within the US, Asad Majeed Khan.
In the correspondence, dated September 27, 2021, Qureshi says the embassy has been unable to determine significant contact between the 2 international locations. He additionally factors out that regardless of the important thing position performed by Pakistan in Afghanistan, Washington has been detached in direction of Islamabad.
Qureshi tells the ambassador to make sure that “sufficient diplomatic steps are taken to ensure the strategic relevance of Pakistan in all diplomatic boards”.
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The growth comes whilst a gaggle of US senators every week in the past backed a Bill that seeks an inquiry into Pakistan’s position within the return of the Taliban, recommending sanctions for any entities which can be discovered to have helped the group.
While a number of international locations have reached out to the Taliban authorities, together with the likes of China and Russia, Pakistan finds itself singled out within the Bill, termed the ‘Afghanistan Counterterrorism, Oversight, and Accountability Act of 2021’, over its purported ties with the Islamist power.
The Pakistani institution has repeatedly denied fees that it has offered materials, logistical and intelligence assist to the Taliban. However, the arrival in Kabul of the chief of Pakistan’s highly effective Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) at a time when the Taliban had been attempting to place collectively a caretaker Afghan authorities was proof of the clout Islamabad has with the group.
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US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman is slated to reach in Pakistan on Thursday, following a go to to India, for talks linked to the fraying ties between the 2 international locations over the Afghan situation.
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