‘Treat Pakistan like an ally, not a scapegoat’, NSA tells US

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News Desk
Islamabad

National Security Adviser (NSA) Dr Moeed Yusuf has said that the United States and Pakistan have a shared interest in working together in Afghanistan but added that it will require fixing the bilateral relationship.

In a telephonic interview with The Washington Post, Moeed said that instability in Afghanistan could lead to more terrorism, refugees and economic hardship for Pakistan.

“Right now, in the situation we are in, how are US and Pakistan’s interests not aligned?” he said.

“I’m not asking for any sympathy for Pakistan. I’m thinking in terms of pure US selfish national interests. How does it help to push away a country of this size, stature and power?”

Dr Moeed said that Pakistan is a victim in war against terror despite having nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks.

“We teamed up with the US to fight back… and after that there is a major backlash on Pakistan,” he said, adding,

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