Pak to be worst hit without negotiated resolution of Afghan crisis: Sherry Rehman

Islamabad, Feb 27: Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, Sherry Rehman, has said her country is bracing itself for the consequences of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Rehman, while underlining the country’s policy options after 2014, during a policy speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington, said there will be terrible consequences and Pakistan will be the worst hit if there’s no negotiated resolution of the Afghan crisis, reports The Dawn.

The US plans to end its combat operations in Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and is encouraging the Afghan government to engage the Taliban militants for a peaceful end to the conflict. The Taliban, however, appear reluctant to work with Kabul.

Rehman assured the audience that Pakistan no longer saw Afghanistan as its strategic backyard and the military was also supporting this policy shift.

She said that Islamabad also had launched a “diplomatic surge” to bring peace and stability to the region.

She stressed the need for going beyond Afghanistan while seeking a new relationship with Pakistan and urged the Americans to base new ties “on trade, not aid”. (ANI)