US government documents have come to light which reveal the United States’ intent to continue collaboration with Pakistan on countering terrorism through 2017.
“The United States has a deep interest in a stable, democratic and prosperous Pakistan, as well as long-term constructive bilateral cooperation,” says the official US document on the need for continuing aid to Pakistan in the fiscal year 2017.
Pakistan remains critical to US counterterrorism efforts, nuclear non-proliferation, regional stability, the peace process in Afghanistan, and regional economic integration and development, argues the Obama administration’s document while explaining why Washington needs to stay engaged with Islamabad.
The documents acknowledge Pakistan’s efforts to counter terrorism within its territory and state that the Pakistani government’s endeavours to root out extremism are yielding better results.
The US has a strong interest in a democratic, stable and prosperous Pakistan and it would benefit from a long-term constructive mutual collaboration between the two countries, the papers reveal.
The US is supporting Pakistan in counter-terrorism efforts in the FATA area and would continue to work on its relationship with Pakistan to advance common interests, the documents state. -INP