Pakistan has rejected the U.S. State Department’s Annual Country Report on Terrorism for 2019, and said that the report disappointed the country.
According to the details, the report is self-contradictory and selective in its characterization of Pakistan’s efforts for countering terrorism and terrorist financing.
The sources said that the Report recognizes that Al Qaeda has been seriously degraded in the region, it neglects to mention Pakistan’s crucial role in destroying Al Qaeda.
The MOFA’s statement said, “The Report acknowledges the sharp decrease in the incidence of terrorist attacks in Pakistan. However, it neglects to explain that this was only possible because Pakistan’s resolute counter-terrorism operations have targeted proscribed groups.”
The statement further said that Pakistan is fully aware of its tasks as a sovereign state. We reject any insinuation about any safe haven.
“Pakistan will not allow any group or entity to use its territory against any country. On the contrary, it is Pakistan that faces the threat of terrorism from externally based and foreign sponsored groups, like the TTP, ISIS-K and others,” the statement added.
The ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “The Report fails to acknowledge the full extent of Pakistan’s support for the Afghan peace process, which has created a historic opportunity for lasting peace in the region.”
“Pakistan’s positive contribution and facilitation of U.S.-Taliban direct talks culminating in the Peace Agreement of 29 February 2020 are widely acknowledged, including by the U.S. and its leadership,” the ministry added.
The statement added that the country hopes that future U.S. reports will fully acknowledge the entire spectrum of Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts and the reports will present a fair and correct perspective of this global risk.