Pakistan flays Obama, says it is stable

Islamabad, Jan 15 (IANS) US President Barack Obama is wrong in predicting that Pakistan and Afghanistan will face instability and turmoil for decades, a senior Pakistani official said on Friday.

“Whatever the US president said about instability in Pakistan and Afghanistan are his predictions and have nothing to do with ground realities,” the Dawn quoted Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on foreign affairs, as saying.

Aziz made the comment at a breakfast meeting with Chinese scholars, diplomats and journalists here.

In his last State of the Union address on Tuesday night, Obama said: “Instability will continue for decades in many parts of the world – in the Middle East, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in parts of central America, Africa and Asia.

“Some of these places may become safe havens for new terrorist networks; others will fall victim to ethnic conflict, or famine, feeding the next wave of refugees,” Obama added.

Disagreeing with the president, Aziz said: “Pakistan is taking decisive action against terrorism and militancy, and days to come will witness more stability here.”

As far as Afghanistan was concerned, Aziz said: “Instability exists but Pakistan is making all out efforts for establishing peace and stability there.”

Speaking about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Aziz said Islamabad would foil “all sinister designs” against the project.

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