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US Policy Of Coercion Gradually Transforming Into One Of Cooperation Under PTI Govt: Qureshi

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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that the US policy of coercion towards Pakistan is gradually transforming into one of cooperation under the PTI government.

Speaking at a conference on ‘Pak-US Relations: The Way Forward’ organised by the Islamabad Policy Institute (IPI), Qureshi stated that both countries were gradually moving towards a mutually beneficial, constructive and cooperative approach in bilateral relations.

During his keynote address, the foreign minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s first visit to the US offered the leadership of both countries new opportunities towards resetting the bilateral relationship and it would also enable Pakistan to build its narrative and counter Indian propaganda.

The US has appreciated Pakistan’s key role in facilitating the process of intra-Afghan and regional dialogue, he added.

The next session delved into four key aspects of the Pak-US relations: diplomatic aspect, security relations, economic dimension, and cooperation on peace in Afghanistan and prospects of peace deal.

Aizaz Chaudhry said the US perspective towards Pakistan was shaped by the Afghanistan lens and increasingly from the Chinese lens.

Lt-Gen (retd) Asif Yasin Malik said Pakistan’s future policy towards the United States must be guided by history. The foreign policy must advance economic interests as the main guarantor of national security and military-to-military relations should not be the main driver of the bilateral relationship with US, he maintained.

Kamran Nasir stated that Pakistan must build an export-led economy but that would require major structural reforms. CPEC, he noted, represented investment in communication and energy sectors by China but a significant part of technical support was coming from the US companies like Caterpillar and General Electric. Ambassador Muhammad Sadiq cautioned about the prospects of peace in Afghanistan. He said the conflict in Afghanistan had created new elite that had no interest in peace in the country.

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Syed Muhammad Ali said Pakistan must pacify the US leadership that its relationship with China was not against the United States. In contrast, Washington’s Indo-Pacific policy was both unrealistic towards India and dangerous for South Asian strategic stability and peace.

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