Pakistan paid heavy price for being US ally: Asif


SIALKOT: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Sunday that Pakistan bore the brunt in the fight against terrorism.

“We have been cooperating with the US since many years. However, Pakistan always suffered losses in its relationship with the US,” he claimed.

He also remarked that the relation between the two countries is off to a good start after a positive statement from US President Donald Trump.

However, the nature of the relationship will become clearer in a few more days after meeting with US diplomats, he shared while speaking to Geo News in Sialkot.

After Pakistan Army rescued a US-Canadian couple and their children from terrorist’s custody, Trump had tweeted in favour of the country.

Trump shared, “Starting to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders. I want to thank them for their cooperation on many fronts.”

On October 12, the Pakistan Army recovered five foreign hostages who were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012, said a statement released by the Army’s media wing.

The hostages, a Canadian, his US national wife and their three children were rescued from the captivity of terrorists.

The foreign nationals were captured in Afghanistan by terrorists, added the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

US intelligence services had been tracking the movement of the hostages and informed their Pakistani partners when the hostages were moved across the Pak-Afghan border into Kurram agency on October 11, 2017.

The Army further said that the successful execution of the hostage-rescue operation underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan’s continued commitment towards fighting this menace through cooperation between two forces against a common enemy.

President Donald Trump hailed the role of Pakistan Army is rescuing the family.

The US leader identified the kidnapped couple as Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle, and said their release was a “positive moment” for US relations with Pakistan.

“Ms Coleman gave birth to the couple’s three children while they were in captivity,” Trump said, in a White House statement. “Today, they are free.”






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