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Balanced US policy needed in South Asia, urges Masood Khan

Balanced US policy needed in South Asia, urges Masood Khan

Balanced US policy needed in South Asia, urges Masood Khan

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Masood Khan

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  • US tilt toward India is causing risks.
  • Urged for balanced US policy in South Asia.
  • Assured ties with China won’t affect US relations.
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Highlighting a strategic imbalance in South Asia and Washington’s lean towards New Delhi, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Masood Khan urged the Biden administration to adopt a more balanced approach.

“US heavy tilt towards India is accentuating strategic imbalance which is fraught with serious risks,” he remarked on Thursday while addressing a group of scholars, policy-makers, legislators, and professionals at the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Washington.

The ambassador also stressed the need for full restoration of Foreign Military Financing (FMF) and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to help combat ongoing terrorist threats in the region.

Khan provided a comprehensive view on Pak-US relations, the war on terror, the re-calibration of Pak-US ties post-withdrawal, Pakistan-India relations, and issues concerning regional stability.

Highlighting existing investment and trade prospects, Ambassador Khan invited US companies to manufacture in Pakistan, where a market of 240 million consumers awaits.

“Pakistan is a big market for American manufacturers. If you manufacture state-of-the-art products, you have 240 million consumers in Pakistan,” he noted.

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Referring to Pakistan’s historic role in facilitating closer relations between China and the US in the early ’70s, Khan stated that Pakistan was ready to act as an economic bridge between the two nations in the current era.

The envoy reiterated that Pakistan’s relations with China were not at the expense of its ties with the US.

Adding his views on the recent collaboration between the two countries in the fight against terror, Masood Khan said: “Pakistan was blamed at times for the Mission failure. Although, I personally believe that we have accomplished a lot in the war against terrorism. We collaborated and together we broke the backbone of terrorist organisations.”

“al-Qaida is not where it was in 2001-02. There is awareness all around the world about the asymmetric threat of terrorism to international civilisation and how to tackle it,” he mentioned.

He noted that in late 2021 and early 2022, the leadership of both countries decided to recalibrate their relationship.

They decided that “while we will continue our cooperation in counter-terrorism, promote regional stability, maintain a dialogue, we would like to secure the region from any nuclear instability and so on.”

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He also pointed out that the number of Pakistani students in the US had significantly increased.

“When I came here in 2022, the number of Pak students in American universities was 7,000. Now it is more than 10,000,” he added.

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