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US shouldn’t redefine Pak’s national security agenda

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The US should not redefine Pakistan’s national security agenda by “dictating” to Islamabad that their primary national threat India has now been replaced by terrorists on its western border, former Pakistani diplomat Dr. Maleeha Lodhi has said.

Commenting on the recent statements of the Obama administration that Pakistan now needs to realise that India is no longer its primary threat and the terrorist pose a greater security challenge to the country, former Pakistani envoy to the US, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, said this will send a wrong message to the people and government of her country.

“This will send a message to Pakistan that an effort is being made to dictate a national security agenda to Pakistan,”

She said while delivering a key note luncheon address on the ‘Future of Pakistan-US Relations’ at the prestigious National Defence University. She went on to advise the Obama Administration to concentrate itself on the “source” of tension between India and Pakistan and help resolving that.

“The only way to change that paradigm is to engage with the sources of tensions between India and Pakistan and to try to help address the underlying disputes that are responsible for these tensions,”

she said opposed the US plan to set up benchmark for Pakistan’s cooperation to take on the terrorists in lieu of aid and said the US lawmakers need to refrain from rhetoric coming from the Capitol Hill in this regard.

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The writer is a former envoy to the US and the UK, and a former editor of The News.
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