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Unreliable US does not want peace in Pakistan: Nisar

Updated Nov 22, 2013 04:21pm

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Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. — File Photo
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. — File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday said Pakistan could no longer rely on any assurances given by the United States as it had proven that it does not want peace in Pakistan.

Speaking to media representatives outside Parliament House, Nisar said he failed to understand why Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, developed confidence in the US on its assurances relating to drone strikes. He added that the US had also wanted to approach him with “such fairy tales”, however he had flatly refused to entertain them.

The interior minister further said that given the recent drone attacks in Pakistan, how could the US still be regarded as a friend of Pakistan.

He said Pakistan’s honour and dignity were most important to him, and added that 12 years of financial assistance from the US hadn’t brought any positive change in the country.

The minister added that Pakistan would have to choose between its own dignity or its reliance on the US, as America has clearly proven that it did not want the peace talks between the government and the militants to progress.

Nisar’s statement comes a day after six people, including prominent Afghan militant commanders, were killed in a US drone strike that struck Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hangu district. Thursday’s was the second strike to take place within Pakistan’s settled areas, the first one being in the district of Bannu in Nov 2008.

The attack in Hangu came a day after Aziz in a briefing to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs had said the US had assured Pakistan that no drone strikes would be carried out during the government’s peace talks with militants.

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Anees Nov 22, 2013 03:51pm

Why does your Prime Minister visit the US, then?

Allensmith Nov 22, 2013 04:29pm

So strange. TTP has declared they wont negotiate a peace even if it one way (Pakistan getting on its knees), America doing the cleanup job which Pakistan should have done and Nisar is angry. Were those terrorists his friend or does he shares their ideology of killing innocents?

Jamshed Khan Nov 22, 2013 05:05pm

Well said, if you really mean it, and have the same opion in private and in talks with the americans.

Shah Nov 22, 2013 05:19pm

Thank you for stating the obvious Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. I have to to the conclution that the other cabinet members also know this but will not speak publicly and even, concluding from Nisar Ali's remakrs, are working against the interest of the Pakistani people.

So the real question is: "Will the Prime Minister of Pakistan order the air force to shoot down the drones?" Right know the answer would be "NO" in capital letters as the government is looking for American investments in dams and more importantly their yes to gain more loans from IMF and the World Bank.

Gerry D'Cunha Nov 22, 2013 05:37pm

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, why don't you yourself get rid of the militants in your country first and then blame america - they are getting rid of these militants which you are unable to do so - you yourself has admitted in the senate that the drone strikes have killed more militants than civilians

Mustafa Nov 22, 2013 05:43pm

It is high time Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan must go for the sake of Pakistan. He is against USA as well as Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs.

azmat khan Nov 22, 2013 05:57pm

Nisar Ali Khan please no number scoring.

shah Nov 22, 2013 05:55pm

Somebody inform this guy that he is not the Foreign Minister.

Shahid Nov 22, 2013 06:55pm

@Jamshed Khan: yes Jamshed, well said, but i dont beleive in single Word. sab drama hy aur rahy gaa

omar Nov 22, 2013 07:04pm

Though I am not a big fan of Nawaz govt. but do respect Nisar if he really means this. We need to see the same from our PM or else whats the difference between him and old govt.

observer Nov 22, 2013 07:17pm

I thought Pakistan was going to have 'peace talks' with the TTP. Apparently the Minister believes that the talks were to be held with the Haqqanis.

Or, is he revealing to us that the Haqqanis and the TTP are one and the same?

And, isn't there a UN resolution regarding Haqqanis somewhere?

zahid Nov 22, 2013 07:33pm

Mr. Chaudhry

if the US is sooooo unreliable and cant be trusted, then pray tell, why did you make sure that your entire family get US citizenship? and when the deluge overtakes the country......where will you go? oh thats right, the US.....

hypocrite

Khawar Saleem Aslam Nov 22, 2013 08:11pm

Interior Minister is simply reflecting the view Pakistanis have about American interference in Pakistan's affair. Cooperation with America will not resolve terrorism or Taliban's threats. Pakistanis themselves have to have a plan and implement it.

Akber K Nov 22, 2013 08:20pm

Then stop taking aid from Unreliable US.

Salman Hussain Nov 22, 2013 08:21pm

You should ask it to your colleague Mr. Advisor to PM, not with public because whole nation expecting something good with this New Government but your speeches all in vain nothing going to be happened with talking than doing.

Salman Nov 22, 2013 08:52pm

"Unreliable US".. ok tell me one thing that is "reliable" in Pakistan right now? nothing is reliable or consistent in Pakistan...not one aspect other than the bombings that occur fairly consistently.

safi Nov 22, 2013 08:46pm

you are not taking any action against terrorists, when US drone strikes and kills terrorists you complain and protest...

Jamal Nov 23, 2013 12:09am

Please support US Drone program publicly to have some dignity and save embarrassment from not being able to do anything other than whine and moan about it.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Nov 23, 2013 12:13am

Thanks for breaking the news.

Uthmaan Nov 23, 2013 01:08am

If only there was a speck of sincerity in his words...

Imran Nov 23, 2013 01:27am

Playing internal politics is different than international politics. Nisar sounds like a guy playing club politics.

Khan Nov 23, 2013 01:33am

Chaudhry sahib start paying taxes and stop taking aid from US before complaining. Ask other chaudhries also to pay taxes.

sak Nov 23, 2013 02:47am

Agreed. These kuffar are enemy of Islam and they were never reliable in the history. Only way forward is to get ready and fight with them. If taliban can crush them then our brave pak army is even stronger to facilitate the nation in getting freed from the clutches of so-called superpower. I know all this sounds too ambitious but thats the only way we can get freed from the evils of this fading power.

fida sayani Nov 23, 2013 03:19am

Amazing three mouths of the same government shoot three conflicting statements to the press, could not they coordinate among themselves before sending the tirade. Now let us look at the facts, if American are untrustworthy, which the American government has been with Pakistan over a long period, and if the government of Pakistan truly believe in the honor and dignity of their country, why not shoot the American drones, I am sure Pakistan Air force has that capacity.

Jalaluddin S. Hussain Nov 23, 2013 04:20am

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, you will really teach lesson of dignity to the Pakistani nation, if you encourage us all (including the members of the governments and bureaucracies) to live a simple life, work hard and stop depending on all external financial aids, including IMF's.

ali ahmed Nov 25, 2013 09:00am

Look who is talking! A hypocrite whose entire family is a US national and by virtue of this "privilege" he may (or may not) have the green card as well. If he is so nationalistic, he should ask his family to surrender the US nationality and live in this country as Pakistanis.

Shah ji Nov 25, 2013 11:32pm

@fida sayani:

that my friend is the 6 million dollar question. Why does the PAF not shoot down the drones? very simple solution, at least attempt it, so the world believes PMLN position.