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Indian lobby doing propaganda against Pakistan in US, says Aziz

Updated Jul 13, 2016 11:10pm

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ISLAMABAD: Referring to the recent discussion in US Congress regarding whether to categorise Pakistan as a "friend or foe", Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said its only a section of US intelligentsia which thinks Pakistan should be treated as a foe by United States.

"The concerns were caused by Afghan and Indian propaganda which led to anti-Pakistan views by some Congressmen," Sartaj Aziz told a local television channel Dunya News.

The adviser maintained that the whole Congress is aware of Pakistan's importance in the Islamic world, South Asia and in resolving the Afghan issue.

But some Congressmen who are "either not updated or have some concerns" have raised these concerns which are baseless and we are striving to address their concerns, Aziz maintained

Related: Pakistan friend or foe, asks US Congress panel

He added that US Senator John McCain, who recently visited Pakistan along with a Senate delegation, laid stress upon improving relations with Pakistan.

"The Senate mission which visited Miranshah, was surprised to see Pakistan's achievements in war on terror and lauded how we managed to control terror-related incidents at a time when such incidents are on a rise in the rest of the world," said Aziz.

Answering a question, he said that Pakistan is acting against all sorts of terrorists according to its own anti-terror plan.

Related: McCain lauds Pakistan's anti-terror efforts

About the recent incidents of violence in Kashmir, Aziz maintained that Pakistan has apprised the world about human rights abuses by Indian forces in the valley and will continue to back Kashmiri people's right of self determination.

The foreign policy chief warned Indian government that their excessive use of force can worsen the situation in the valley and create more trouble for the Indian authorities.

Senior US lawmakers and their witnesses had gathered in Capitol Hill on Tuesday to discuss if Pakistan is America’s friend or foe.

The House Subcommittees on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade and Asia and the Pacific jointly held this hearing led by Congressman Matt Salmon and Congressman Ted Poe.

Former US ambassador to Afghanistan and United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad, senior editor Long War Journal Bill Roggio and Assistant Professor American University Ricia Bacon spoke as witnesses in the discussion.

Zalmay Khalilzad's statement

Khalilzad, who in the past served as US ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan and UN, said Pakistan views the Afghan Taliban as an effective proxy to ensure Pakistani dominance over Afghanistan and believes that continuing the war in Afghanistan will lead to a US withdrawal, which would change the balance of power against the current government and in favour of its proxies.

He maintained that Pakistan's status as a “major non-Nato ally” in the war against terror is "wholly inappropriate" and recommended that the country should be in US State Department's list of state-sponsors of terrorism.

Bill Roggio's statement

Long War Journal's editor Bill Roggio testified that Pakistani elites have attempted to distinguish between what are referred to as “good Taliban” and “bad Taliban”, a distinction based on groups that advance Pakistan’s foreign policy goals and those who challenge the primacy of the Pakistani state.

He also accused Pakistan of backing the Haqqani Network in Afghanistan and said that some of the deadly attacks inside Afghanistan have been directly traced back to Pakistan.

"In Pakistan, the Haqqani Network is based in North Waziristan and has a presence in other Pakistani tribal agencies, such as Kurram. The Haqqanis run the notorious Manba Ulom madrassa in Miramshah, North Waziristan," said Roggio.

He added that it is clear that Pakistan's military and government considers militant organisations as a strategic asset and some see the militants as their ideological brethren.

Video of US House Foreign Affairs Committee discussion.

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Ashar Hamid Jul 13, 2016 10:58pm

So why is the Pakistani Government and it's communications experts so stupid that they can't counter Indian propaganda?

A shah Jul 13, 2016 11:00pm

Here we go with the victim card!

Desi Dimag Jul 13, 2016 10:59pm

India will do what is in her interest. The question is why Pakistan can't prove herself innocent?

AnisAqeel Jul 13, 2016 11:00pm

And in this case who's job is to counter it effectively, Sir.

kunal Jul 13, 2016 11:04pm

So America , the sole super power of the world take decision based on some propaganda and not facts .Well than Pakistan is blessed to have such effective foreign policy under efficient foreign minister.

Faiza Salman Jul 13, 2016 11:04pm

What a shameful act on part of India. They want to malign a democratic government and bring harm to the region by doing these acts. They dont have sensible presence in US.

Waheed Jul 13, 2016 11:17pm

By lighting a big fire india won't make a bbq

DifferentPerspective Jul 13, 2016 11:33pm

They were all speaking as if they have unwavering evidence of everything they were saying. No mentioning of the fact that Taliban was actually engineered by US to counter USSR. No mentioning of the fact that Osama Bin Laden had actually previously worked for US security agencies. Typical American theater court. They sit and proclaim to curtail atomic weapons while they are they first one and the only one to have used atomic bombs on civilian population. Hate only generates hate.

Tamil Guru Jul 13, 2016 11:46pm

Saw the video of the proceedings. Not good news for Pakistan.

asim Jul 13, 2016 11:51pm

So having said and knowing that for a long time what you have been doing?

Asif Ijaz Jul 14, 2016 12:07am

They can shove their aid in their..... Our most important priority is the interest of Pakistan not USA, India or Afghanistan. "Long live Pakistan"

TahirH Jul 14, 2016 12:09am

What are you doing to counter that??? Just sitting back and making statements!!!!!!

anony Jul 14, 2016 12:17am

Not surprised at all. India has been lobbying against Pakistan at the US congress for years now. It's high time that we realize this.

Bharatiya American Jul 14, 2016 12:57am

My sincere bottom line message:

Peace to Pakistan. Peace to India. Peace to USA. Peace to the whole world.

Please respect others, and be nice human beings -- that will lead to a much happier and peaceful India, Pakistan, and the world - simple fact.

Abdulla Hussain Jul 14, 2016 01:37am

Surely they will resort to such tactics, our foreign office needs to counter their false propaganda.

LS Jul 14, 2016 02:17am

@DifferentPerspective Irrelevant to the discussion at hand.

Shehzad Jul 14, 2016 03:30am

Its obvious but makes Pakistan look weak.

Foreign affairs 101.

Hope the Pakistanis vote the incompetent PMLN out in the next elections.

obivankanobi Jul 14, 2016 03:36am

.......striving to address baseless concerns........?? Why bother if they are baseless?

MAA Jul 14, 2016 03:52am

Pakistan needs to improve its foreign policy to defend their cause before America declares it a foe. Pakistan should curb government expenses and hire lobbyists in the US Congress to fight their cause. To strengthen democracy Nawaz Shareef should resign and let new elections be held. I think Imran Khan will be a better choice to run the country. Pakistani people should understand that corruption and foreign loans have made Pakistan what it is today. Nawaz Shareef and his government is sleeping.

Tej Singh Jul 14, 2016 04:57am

What is Pakistani lobby doing? Listening to propaganda?

NAVIK Jul 14, 2016 05:22am

Its full one hour discussion on Pakistan by US Congress.. People should watch this video on youtube, every moment is thrilling... You will understand the importance of this issue after seeing this video.

joe Jul 14, 2016 05:56am

India will do what suits her interest.or do you think it must work in interest of Pakistan.

Vijay Jul 14, 2016 06:05am

@Faiza Salman Madam, with all due respect anybody stopping Pakistan from lobbying or doing propoganda?

Rahul Mishra Jul 14, 2016 06:43am

@kunal yeah very effective indeed you manage to get alms no matter what..

Rahul Mishra Jul 14, 2016 06:42am

@Waheed already did that please send the package we are waiting

Rahul Mishra Jul 14, 2016 06:42am

@Abdulla Hussain yes my innocent brother...

Rahul Mishra Jul 14, 2016 06:45am

@Shehzad Respect in society is not demanded it is through your acts you prove yourselves.

Abid Rashid Jul 14, 2016 07:30am

well said by foreign affair minister sirtaj aziz.1 am 110% agree with this statement.

Ali Jul 14, 2016 09:44am

@A shah definitely will not work,,

ZAHEER BADINI Jul 14, 2016 11:54am

Developing Misconceptions in bilateral Relations ('Pakistan Friend or foe') is the reflection of Indian lobbyists & Pakistan should handle it diplomatically in Congress with its lobbyists.

kart Jul 14, 2016 12:31pm

@Ashar Hamid They just can't! Period!

point of view Jul 14, 2016 03:40pm

who stops you...

Khan Jul 14, 2016 04:14pm

why do u push everything on India, just look at ur government economic development and anti-corruption policies, u r too old sir to remember ur speech and giving vote to India as a Favorite state of Pakistan and now blaming it for all ur internal issues , plz stop that and make a good policy for developing Pakistan, u guys should invest more time for anti-corruption measures and development of ur country rather than blaming others and laying to ur citizens!

Ravi Vancouver Jul 14, 2016 06:48pm

Pakistan and India are acting against each other leaving no chance to blame for everything bad happening to each other. Only solution is to have peace and friendship among them otherwise they will continue their present confrontational policies. Indian lobby is stronger than Pakistan in US so they are able to harm Palistan's interests. Pakistan need to improve on this and give all evidences it has regarding RAW's activities in their country in international forums like India does it against Pakistan. Bottom line is that India and Pakistan should solve their disputes through dialogue and discard policy of confrontation otherwise this blame games shall continue.

jabbardoha Jul 14, 2016 06:53pm

Pakistan also worked against India on NSG. So why worry on Indian action?

Myview Jul 14, 2016 11:46pm

So,USA's foreign policies are all based on propaganda and no facts? We must be the smartest people on earth to conclude that!

Nadir Sadiq Jul 15, 2016 12:18am

This is the moment everyone shares their hanker-chef with Mr. Aziz and give our govt full marks for sitting on it's hands.

Wow Jul 15, 2016 09:44am

yak yak

Shiraj Jul 15, 2016 10:04am

Pakistan need work on to improve it image.

PSP(India) Jul 15, 2016 10:35am

Truth hurts.

PSP(India) Jul 15, 2016 11:09am

Looks like Indian lobby is everywhere in the world except China, North Korea and Pakistan.

vijay123 Jul 15, 2016 11:20am

@Faiza Salman What pakistan was doing when india applied for NSG entry ... Pakistan lobbying with China to stop india entry in NSG. So when pakistan lobbying against India ... it is good. but India responds the same manner ....you feel irritated ... please open ur eyes widely ...

Khalid Mahmood Jul 15, 2016 11:45am

India is feeling the "pinch somewhere" and has "pulled all stops" via its contacts to ask them to make such statements on India's behalf.

SMathur Jul 15, 2016 02:36pm

With terrorism becoming a hot button issue, Pakistan will get increasingly cornered and questioned on why some of the most wanted terrorists in the world operate out of its territory. One of them openly wages war against a neighbour, with the government of the day turning a blind eye. Its instances like this that raise doubts as to where Pakistan stands in the global fight against terror.

citizen Jul 15, 2016 03:04pm

What happened to our lobbying? Are we short of funds? it is ironic that billions of country's money illegally stacked in Swiss/UK/Dubai, there is no money for genuine lobbying of government...

Ashok Saigal Jul 15, 2016 03:07pm

Time to realize the "strategic assets" have become "strategic liabilities".

citizen Jul 15, 2016 03:07pm

@Faiza Salman : Do we have sensible presence in US? What the hell they are doing there?

Chris Claytin Jul 15, 2016 03:24pm

Sartaz Aziz has been a very effective and successful diplomat for pakistan; he ought to continue for as long as he can.

Biranchi N Acharya Jul 15, 2016 03:47pm

Easy to say it's Indian lobby. Was there a Pakistan lobby when US was friendly with Pakistan? Do lobbies makes a nation's impression? Set your house order, World will start trust you again,

SK Jul 15, 2016 04:08pm

Pakistan will be in huge trouble if US aid is stopped. Further they are talking about imposing sanctions. Situation is grim.Don't treat them like chumps, they most intellectual people. It is prudent to take actions to improve relationship with all countries.

Iftikhar Saeed Jul 15, 2016 04:09pm

How nice that our foreign minister found this out which the other 20 million already knew for 67 years

Haroon Salam Jul 15, 2016 04:28pm

Its easy to blame others for your own failures...difficult realize your own folly and correct it. But long lasting solution lies in difficult way. His words meant nothing to the world.

Tajinder Jul 15, 2016 04:46pm

Mr. Aziz , Do you think Americans are so foolish? Whenever they say something they have lot of proofs to support that.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Jul 15, 2016 04:54pm

He is 100 percent right.

Ravindra Jul 15, 2016 05:05pm

That was wat u were doing till 1999-2000.now taste ur own medicine.

Iftikhar Husain Jul 15, 2016 05:17pm

India must understand that Pakistan cannot be bullied Pakistan is on the right path on Kashmir issue.

Junaid Jul 15, 2016 06:03pm

It is important to understand who pulls the strings in the US. The are a few groups which pulls the strings of power. The Jewish lobby and Fundamentalist Christian lobby are very powerful and they are working with the Indian lobby to malign Pakistan.

Kahlid Baloch Jul 15, 2016 06:05pm

Mr. Aziz - what the heck you are doing?. If you are too old to talk back then PLEASE give way to new generation. My young PAKISTNAI's will take care of this.

aamir ayub Jul 15, 2016 07:10pm

If Pakistan and Indian want to move forward for the betterment of their people they have to sit down with each other to solve their problems once for all. Otherwise, the region as well as the world will remain under threat

Alla Bux Jul 15, 2016 07:10pm

Sure, blame it on India for our incompetence. We need a capable Foreign Minister,

Doc PhD USANo Jul 15, 2016 11:34pm

As a Pakistani having lived in the USA for 40 years, I have not seen Pakistani Government officials visit the communities in the most populated cities where most of the Pakistanis live. Although Pakistanis have thrived in all fields including political activists in these major cities and definitely would be better if they get support from the Pakistani officials to get involved and lobby on behalf of Pakistan whenever it's needed and required. We have the democratic system and process in the U.S. and it can be utilized but Pakistani officials should come and take part with the community here in the United States.

Oracal Jul 15, 2016 11:42pm

Pakistan is a foe of Americans,France,Germany,UK,India,Iran, Afghanistan, Australia,Canada and New Zealand. Time has come to have no immigration from Pakistan even if the marry their own first cousins

Uzair Jul 16, 2016 12:04am

Dude be realistic, what else were you expecting? Bharat will spend lobby budget to help Pakistan.

omar Jul 16, 2016 12:10am

This question of Foe or Friend should be asked by Pakistan to the US, since last 70 years we have supported the Americans interests against their fight with Soviets in Afghanistan. We have provided bases in Pakistan against Soviets, Chines, Iranians and afghans? We have facing and fighting terrorism created by the US in form of Mujahideens freedom fighter who are now called Talibans and Terrorist.

Can any one guess why America should not be answering this Question?????

From USA, S.A.Hyder, Ph.D. Jul 16, 2016 03:18am

Why have you been sleeping, Mr. Aziz. Please make your 'Commaee' Halal and work for once.

Pakistani Jul 16, 2016 03:46am

So

Alarmed Khan Jul 16, 2016 06:14am

@Ashar Hamid : Not that Pakistan Gov. and "experts are ... stupid". It's just that they are shadow boxing. Stick with what the Congress committee says and fix the misconceptions--in thought and deed. You need more than China and KSA on your side!

Alarmed Khan Jul 16, 2016 06:17am

@Desi Dimag : Fanatics that Zia co-opted for your country are paying dividends. Whoever blew Zia out of the sky knew what he had wrought! Pakistan does not have to prove itself innocent, but begin to march in step with the modern world of science , education , tech. and liberal democracy.

Alarmed Khan Jul 16, 2016 06:39am

@Faiza Salman : " The region" includes India! I am, not convinced that India is working to cut itself off at the knees and trying to develop socially and technologically! *A prosperous and liberal Pakistan is ABSOLUTELY in India's & world's interest! Give me ONE reasoned example how India will gain from your country's failure!

Alarmed Khan Jul 16, 2016 06:44am

@anony : Proof? Or just prejudice?

Alarmed Khan Jul 16, 2016 06:46am

@Faiza Salman : How about using China as proxy on India's NSG application? Not shameful? How about using UA aid to stir trouble in Kashmir--as per US reports? Not shameful? Does a sense of impunity mean anything to you?

Alarmed Khan Jul 16, 2016 06:52am

@DifferentPerspective : But your country helped the Taliban and Al Qaeda to fight the USSR in Afghanistan with LOTS of US MONEY! That's from reports from your country leaders! USA and USSR were encircling each other and Pakistan played its patron the Cold War. Who/what forced you into it? Money? Religion?Economics?

Alarmed Khan Jul 16, 2016 06:57am

@Asif Ijaz : I am one of billions waiting for your country to refuse aid from anyone!

Alarmed Khan Jul 16, 2016 07:08am

@Myview :Yea!

Alarmed Khan Jul 16, 2016 07:08am

@Shiraj : Suggest how Pak should do that. With more and higher paid lobbying?

Alarmed Khan Jul 16, 2016 07:31am

@citizen : Your country had highly paid lobbyists but let them go for lack of funds according to your own government. Mr. Aziz is in love with India and can't get his mind off that beauty to focus on real world!

Mehdi Jul 16, 2016 06:19pm

India is very advanced in Communications business and have resources to rise any issue against Pakisatn because Children of Abrahamic faith and a poor nation. As rule of history from Ten Commandments love you neighbors like Pakistan is with China, Iran, Tajikistan, Afghanistan. India and Pakistan must sit down to dissolve basic issue . It's 21 century not the Stone Age . Mehdi