Pak suspends talks with US in protest: Foreign Minister



    Lahore: Pak Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif has said that Pakistan had suspended talks and bilateral visits with the United States as “a mark of protest” over the recent “anti-Pakistan diatribe” by US President Donald Trump.

    The Pak minister told the Senate, which converted itself into a committee prior to its regular session, that Pakistan had taken the fiery remarks seriously.

    US Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells was supposed to arrive Islamabad today, while the Pak foreign minister himself was to travel to the US last week under the previous schedule.

    About the recently unveiled policy of the US president on South Asia, Asif said it envisaged no military role for India in Afghanistan. The minister said “it was rather a role of economic development.” He claimed during the in-camera session of the committee that India would not be allowed to use Afghan soil to “destabilise Pakistan”.