Advisor: (Pak-US relations on upward trajectory: Sartaj Aziz)


ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that Pakistan-US relations are now on an upward trajectory as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent visit had laid foundation for a multi-dimensional relationship with the USA.

In an interview on Thursday, he said the visit would help broaden the Pak-US ties beyond security issues to economy, trade, energy, defence and education cooperation.

He said basic achievement of the visit was that Pakistan successfully removed concerns of the US. He said the US was appreciative of the effective counter terrorism policy of Pakistan.

About handing over of three dossiers to US Secretary of State John Kerry, Sartaj Aziz said the main purpose was to inform the international community about India’s subversive activities in Pakistan and inform them that terrorism is not only India’s concern but it is Pakistan’s concern as well.

Pakistan, he said, was ready for dialogue but India was putting undue preconditions which was unacceptable. About the nuclear and tactical weapons issue, Sartaj Aziz said the US side was told that Pakistan’s nuclear programme is safe as it was under a proper Command and Control System. About Afghanistan issue, he said, both the US and Pakistan had convergence of views about the issue.