LAHORE: Extremely upset with US President Donald Trump’s accusations towards Pakistan of harbouring and supporting terrorists and enjoying spoilsport for establishing peace in Afghanistan, Islamabad has set down new guidelines of engagement with Washington.
As per the brand new guidelines of Pakistan’s overseas coverage, “No US delegation can be entertained with out mutual settlement and strict protocol will likely be maintained with US delegations in response to their official standing,” the Pakistan International Workplace mentioned.
“On the one hand, you actually humiliate us and undermine our sacrifices within the struggle towards terrorism, and on the identical time, you anticipate us to entertain US delegations that too on the time of their selecting. This is not going to work anymore, strict protocol will likely be adopted,” Zari Information quoted a senior Pakistan International Workplace official, as saying.
Low-ranked US officers such because the assistant secretary of state will not be given the privilege of calling on the president and prime minister of Pakistan, he mentioned.
This turned evident when Pakistan advised Appearing Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells simply hours earlier than her arrival in Islamabad on August 28, to place off her go to.
“The obvious snub was a transparent message to the US that there wouldn’t be enterprise as ordinary within the aftermath of the brand new roadmap unveiled by President Trump for Afghanistan on August 21 and Pakistan couldn’t be taken with no consideration any extra,” Zari Information quoted senior International Workplace official as saying, who requested to not be named.
Appearing Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells made a sudden plan to go to Pakistan , when she was presupposed to undertake a tour of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to debate the Trump administration’s new technique for Afghanistan.