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Addressing a seminar on US-Pakistan relations in Islamabad on Tuesday, Shah Mehmood Qureshi had noted that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s upcoming official visit to the US will prove to be a catalyst of a new cooperative environment for Washington and Islamabad’s bilateral engagement to strengthen.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi noted that Pakistan is forthcoming in its desire to repair its relationship with the US, and turn the environment of coercion into an environment of cooperation. He noted that Pakistan is a key facilitator in US President Donald Trump’s agenda of brokering a political solution to end the 18-year old war in Afghanistan.
“#Pakistan has been facilitating the #US–#Taliban talks in good faith, underscoring that it remains a shared responsibility,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said during a seminar in #Islamabad || @SMQureshiPTI #Pakistan https://t.co/eMcIJrr0Pn pic.twitter.com/iYCldSUo4w— Arab News Pakistan (@arabnewspk) July 16, 2019
During the upcoming visit to the White House, the Afghan reconciliation process will be a key subject of discussion between PM Khan and US President Trump. Pakistan earlier facilitated an intra-Afghan dialogue and later invited Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for an official visit to strengthen bilateral ties and regional engagement.
Conspiracies to Malign IK’s Visit?
Jan Achakzai, Chairman of the Center for Geo-politics and Balochistan who is privy to diplomatic channels, revealed that the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Khan is likely to be subjected to anti-Pakistan, anti-PTI government and anti-military campaigning and propaganda.
Bilawal will meet some lobbyist/senators to undermine the visit of the Prime Minister. An anti-national ex-envoy (Haqqani) is in action in the US and is supported and financed by Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif.
Achakzai noted, “In the next 3 to 4 weeks, a crescendo of extensive anti-Pakistan, anti-PTI Government & anti-Army campaign will be witnessed.”
He added that the Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is scheduled to visit the US a week before Prime Minister Khan’s scheduled visit. He revealed, “Anti-Pakistan and anti-army protests will likely be organized during Imran Khan’s visit.”
1/2) In next 3 to 4 weeks, crescendo of extensive anti-Pakistan, Anti-PTI Government & anti-Army campaign ll be witnessed.
—Bilawal Zardari is scheduled 2 visit US a week before @ImranKhanPTI ‘s.
—Anti-Pakistan & Anti- Army protests will likely be organized during IK visit.— Jan Achakzai / جان اچکزئی (@Jan_Achakzai) July 16, 2019
Jan Achakzai noted that these anti-Pakistan and anti-military protests are being organized by the Indian lobby, joined by the Pakistan Tahaffuz Movement, Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
He noted, “Bilawal will meet some lobbyist/senators to undermine the visit of the Prime Minister. An anti-national ex-envoy (Haqqani) is in action in the US and is supported and financed by Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif.”
Achakzai added that certain media houses and journalists have also been added to payroll to intensify the propaganda campaign.
—#Indian lobby, PTM, PPP & PMLN organizing these protests.
—Bilawal ll meet some Lobbyist/Senators to undermine visit of PM
—Anti-national Ex Envoy is in action in US is supported & financed by AAZ & NS.
—Certain Media Houses & Journalists hired 2 strength campaign.
— Jan Achakzai / جان اچکزئی (@Jan_Achakzai) July 16, 2019
Imran Needed for Afghan Peace?
Speaking to Global Village Space, Jan Achakzai provided more insight into his analysis of Imran Khan’s upcoming visit to the US, and the conspiracies being hatched to undermine this high-profile foreign visit.
Achakzai noted, “It is also expected that some paid hacklers will interrupt Khan’s speech when he addresses Pakistanis.”
Jan Achakzai added, “After Bilawal, PML-N lobbyists will seek to introduce Maryam Nawaz in powerful Washington DC circles.”
They have cautioned against any friction with Pakistan at the time when the fight against left over Al Qaeda, rising ISIS and GLOC access for its troops tasked with anti-terror ops.
Explaining the agendas behind these efforts, he observed, “All these efforts are aimed at creating a feel good image for Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari. They are meant to put pressure on Khan’s Government and on the Army to give up on the corruption drive and go slow against the two families. While their sponsors have other strategic objectives, including cornering Pakistan’s military.”
Achakzai explained Washington’s agendas for Islamabad’s role in Afghanistan, “However, the US now realizes that if they needed to exit Afghanistan with respect, they need Islamabad’s cooperation. That cooperation can only come if there is a complete civil military alignment on foreign policy issues and convergence on domestic challenges.”
He stressed, “The above task cannot be delivered by the parties of the two families.”
“The Pentagon recently through its reports and military high ups clearly indicated to the White House and Congress that they need to keep intact their alliance with Pakistan army.”
Jan Achakzai concluded, “They have cautioned against any friction with Pakistan at the time when the fight against left over Al Qaeda, rising ISIS and GLOC access for its troops tasked with anti-terror ops.”