By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a resolution on Wednesday condemning U.S. President Donald Trump’s accusations that Islamabad was prolonging the war in Afghanistan, denouncing them as “hostile” and “threatening”. Speaking before the assembly, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif Asif urged the government to consider postponing any visits by U.S. delegations to Pakistan or by Pakistani officials to the United States and closing off “ground and air lines of communication through Pakistan”. On Sunday, Pakistan’s foreign office announced that it had postponed a visit by a U.S. acting Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells to discuss Washington’s new Afghan policy, but at the time did not provide a reason. Trump accused Pakistan of harboring “agents of chaos” and providing safe havens to militant groups waging an insurgency against the U.S.-backed government in Kabul. Pakistani officials bristle at what they say is a lack of respect from Washington for the country’s sacrifices in the war against militancy and its successes against groups like al Qaeda, Islamic State or the Pakistani Taliban. Pakistan estimates there have been 70,000 Pakistani casualties in militant attacks since it joined the U.S. war on terror after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on… Read full this story
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