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More engagement for regional peace

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PRIME MINISTER Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif have reiterated the need for what ought to be the only sensible approach of the outside world to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Cooperation, not coercion, is the path to regional peace and stability, and Pakistan cannot be bullied or threatened into addressing the outside world’s concerns before protecting its legitimate security interests. In an interview with a wire service, Mr Abbasi has spoken of the self-defeating US approach of restricting aid to Pakistan to try and force this country to ‘do more’ in the regional fight against militancy. As Mr Abbasi has rightly stated, “We are fighting the war against terror, anything that degrades our effort will only........

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