Minister: (Pakistan wants to maintain positive relationship with US)

ISLAMABAD:Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan says Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan to exploit the economic benefits of regional connectivity.

In an interview with a New York based international news agency Bloomberg, he said Pakistan is committed to fighting terrorism and extremism and have not granted any safe haven to terror groups.

About relationship with the United States, the Defence Minister said Pakistan wants to retain a positive relationship with the United States despite President Trump’s decision to suspend military aid.

He rejected US complaints that Pakistan is not doing enough to stop militants that conduct cross-border attacks.

He said the United States continue to externalize their failures in Afghanistan by blaming it on Pakistan.

He said domestic security across Pakistan has vastly improved following anti-terror operations across the country.

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