Pakistan needs to build confidence in ties with US: State Department

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WASHINGTON: Deputy Spokesperson, US State Department Robert Palladino, has stressed the need for Islamabad to build confidence in bilateral relations.

Speaking to reporters in Washington, Palladino emphasized the need for Pakistan to deliver outcome and build confidence and trust between our two countries, and “our policy towards Pakistan is clear.”

He hailed Pakistan decision of opening Kartarpur corridor, terming it a big step towards confidence building between India and Pakistan.

He said Pakistan’s efforts to increase contact between peoples of the two countries are commendable.

Palladino said normalization of relations between Pakistan and India is vital to both countries and the region.

“I’m aware of reports on this Kartarpur corridor. I understand that it’s kind of a visa-free way for Indians to visit this important Sikh site. And of course, the United States would welcome efforts to increase people-to-people ties between India and Pakistan,” State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters.

Palladino was responding to questions on the construction of the much-awaited corridor that will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur — the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev — with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of pilgrims.

The Kartarpur corridor is expected to be completed within six months.

Thousands of Sikh devotees from India visit Pakistan every year to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

On Nov 19, US President Donald Trump launched an outburst against Pakistan with couple of tweets, claiming Pakistan had done nothing in the war on terror.

Responding to Trump with a tweet, PM Imran said Pakistan had suffered enough in the US war on terror and now it would do what was best for its people.

The PM took to Twitter, saying: “Instead of making Pakistan a scapegoat for their failures, the US should do a serious assessment of why, despite 140000 NATO troops plus 250,000 Afghan troops & reportedly $1 trillion spent on war in Afghanistan, the Taliban today are stronger than before.”

Khan said the US president’s false assertions added insult to the injury Pakistan had suffered in the US war on terror in terms of lives lost and destabilised and economic costs.

US president had alleged that America paid Pakistan billions of dollars and they never told them that Osama was living there.

“Of course we should have captured Osama Bin Laden long before we did. I pointed him out in my book just BEFORE the attack on the World Trade Center. President Clinton famously missed his shot. We paid Pakistan Billions of Dollars & they never told us he was living there. Fools!

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