Published On: Thu, Jan 9th, 2014
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US fighting wrong war with wrong people: Sartaj Aziz

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ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz said that international authors have termed the United States’ war in Afghanistan as wrong war‚ with wrong methods and with wrong people.

“The United States has not achieved its stated objectives of peace‚ defeating terrorism‚ promoting development and creating democratic stability in Afghanistan,” he added.

He was addressing launching ceremony of the book “The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam” and talking to newsmen afterwards here on Wednesday.

The Advisor said that the United States did not achieve desired objectives and created problems for Pakistan, adding the United States was now fighting those which were trained‚ armed and funded by it during Russian invasion of Afghanistan.

He said that the war on terror has impacted upon the balance that was there between Pakistan government and tribal areas of the country due to erosion of tribal structure.

The Advisor said that use of drone attacks in tribal societies reflected total ignorance about their values and traditions and therefore‚ have not yielded intended results and instead proved counterproductive.

Sartaj Aziz mentioned that the present government has forcefully raised the drone issue not only with the United States but also at different forums and its policy is bearing good results.

Responding to a question, he said that the United States always claimed that the drone attacks are aimed at high value targets and now that these have largely been taken care of it is time that drone strikes should come to an end.

He told a questioner that the government would take a combination of measures to improve situation in tribal areas including border control to prevent illegal movement‚ establishment of the writ of the state‚ reconstruction and rehabilitation and re-establishing the tribal system by way of administrative‚ legal and economic measures, he added.

To another question, the advisor said that the decision of Musharraf government to send army into tribal areas turned the tribal structure topsy-turvy and some elements took advantage of the situation to create problems for the government.

Sartaj Aziz disclosed that contacts with Pakistani Taliban for the sake of dialogue are still being established but he would not predict the outcome of the efforts.

Replying to another query, he said that both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia believe in non-interference in Afghanistan and want to promote an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process of reconciliation.
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