WASHINGTON: On the eve of a meeting between their top foreign policy officials in New York, Pakistan and the United States concluded their security level negotiations in Washington on Wednesday.
Nadeem Anjum, the DG of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), met with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and CIA Director William J. Burns during his three-day visit to Washington this week.
There was no official word on what was discussed in these arguments, but the US feels Pakistan can help stabilise the war-torn country of Afghanistan.
In July 2021, then-National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf met with Mr Sullivan at the White House to discuss security issues. Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed, the former head of the ISI, was also part of the Pakistani delegation.
They discussed “regional connectivity and security,” as well as the need for “a decrease in bloodshed in Afghanistan,” according to an earlier tweet from Mr Sullivan.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s accusation that Washington was working with opposition politicians to overthrow his administration prompted the current head of the ISI to pay a surprise visit to Pakistan.
On Tuesday, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price disputed Mr Khan’s assertions as speculations and lies, saying that the US will not allow “lying get in the way” of its bilateral relationships with Pakistan, a relationship that the US values, which he reiterated was the case.
When asked about Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s claims that the United States is “not going to let propaganda, misinformation, and disinformation—lies—impede any bilateral relationship we have, including with the bilateral relationship we have with Pakistan, which we value,” he said, “We will not let lies disrupt any bilateral relationship we have.”
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held out a document he said contained evidence of a “foreign conspiracy” to overthrow his administration during a rally in Islamabad on March 27.
The White House, the Pentagon, and the State Department have all denied the allegations, claiming they have no basis in fact.
Last week US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Pakistan’s newly appointed Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, during which the US official invited Zardari to a United Nations food security forum in New York on May 18, and Mr Price was questioned about the contact during Tuesday’s briefing.
Also discussed by Price and Blinken and Bhutto-Zardari were economic relations, trade and investment, environment, energy, health and education, and the “ongoing engagement when it comes to our economic ties,” Blinken added.