Pakistan has defeated terrorism, PM Khaqan tells int'l media


Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, younger brother of Abbasi's predecessor - Nawaz Sharif - who was barred from office in July after a probe into his family's finances, also called for an end to American aid last month.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said his country is willing to set up joint patrols with Afghanistan to combat militants along their porous border. President Trump, however, has not sent any list of demands on the matter.

Abbasi told foreign reporters in Islamabad that Pakistan "has done more than its part" in addressing the terrorism issue as "no body wants peace in the region more than Pakistan", and emphasized that "we are very open to bilateral verification if any body says there are sanctuaries in Pakistan". "All criminal elements we are fighting are based in Afghanistan", Abbasi claimed.

He denied that Pakistan supported militant groups as he batted away suggestions that Trump's comments would upend relations between the Cold War allies. "We are transparent. We have nothing to hide".

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"We don't think the Pakistani-US relationship will be defined by Afghanistan", the Prime Minister said. "We respect others' sovereignty and expect the same from others". He said Afghanistan in turn needed to do more to fight terrorism against Pakistan.

The prime minister asked the media persons to visit Miran Shah - the administrative headquarters of the war-stricken North Waziristan agency - and see themselves how Pakistan's military had cleared the area by offering great sacrifices in the war against terror. Pakistan and Afghanistan should work together to overcome the menace of terrorism. "We need to address that issue, but there are other issues need to be discussed, there are other cooperation need to be done", he said.

Both Pakistan's civilian government and military reacted angrily to Trump's statement.

He said the devaluation of rupee was not on the cards.