US National Security Strategy made unsubstantiated allegations: Pakistan

The foreign office said that Pakistan continues to suffer at the hands of "state-sponsored terrorism, funded and abetted by our neighbours through proxies." Photograph:( DNA )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 20, 2017, 06.31 AM (IST)

Pakistan's Foreign Office said today the US National Security Strategy has made "unsubstantiated" allegations and "trivialised" Pakistan's efforts on fighting terrorism.

"It is because of Pakistan's cooperation with the international community, acknowledged and appreciated by the US leadership, that the al-Qaeda's core was decimated from the region," Pakistan's foreign office said in a statement.

The foreign office said that Pakistan continues to suffer at the hands of "state-sponsored terrorism, funded and abetted by our neighbours through proxies."

Pointing at India, the foreign office said: "South Asia's strategic stability is being undermined by India's unchecked brutalization of the people of "Indian Occupied Kashmir" and incessant ceasefire violations targeting innocent civilians."

Referring further to India, it said, "Ironically, a country with a record of defiance of UNSC resolutions, introduction of nuclear weapons in South Asia and use of terrorism as a state policy is being projected as a regional leader."

On Afghanistan, which the US has repeatedly referred to during its terror strategy, Pakistan said despite substantial US presence, it was being "constantly used by elements hostile to Pakistan's stability."

"Pakistan's efforts and sincere proposals for effective border management to prevent cross-border movement of militants and return of Afghan refugees are yet to make any headway," it said, adding that a "malicious campaign" is underway to undo Pakistan's achievements in the war against terrorism. 

"Pakistan's security forces have undertaken indiscriminate and effective counter-terrorism operations against terrorism and extremism," the statement said.

"Pakistan is a more stable, peaceful and secure country," the Pakistan foreign office stated.