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Pakistan takes on US, says Hafiz Saeed, Haqqani were once 'your darlings'

Pakistan Foreign Minister said it was very easy to say that Islamabad was floating the Haqqani network

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A Pakistani police officer escorts Hafiz Saeed (left), Chief of Pakistan's religious group Jamaat-ud-Dawa, outside the party's headquarters in Lahore, Pakistan, on Monday. Photo: PTI

has told the US that it can't be blamed for terrorists like Hafiz Saeed, who masterminded the Mumbai terror attack, saying considered such men as "darlings" until a few years ago.

Mincing no words at the Asia Society forum here on Tuesday evening, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said it was very easy to say that Islamabad was floating the network as well as and his former Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

"They are liabilities. I accept, they are liabilities but give us time to get rid of these liabilities because we don't have assets to match these liabilities and you are increasing them further," the Associated Press of quoted Asif as saying

Asif, who is attending the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, added: "Don't blame us for Haqqanis or don't blame us for the Hafiz Saeeds. These were the people who were your darlings just 20 to 30 years back. They were being dined and wined in the White House and now you say go to hell Pakistanis because you are nurturing these people."

is accused by India of masterminding the Mumbai carnage of November 2008 that left 166 Indians and foreigners dead. New Delhi has been repeatedly asking Islamabad to prosecute him for his crimes.

Asif said was ready to work with the US for effective management of the Afghan border to stop terrorist infiltration and to facilitate a peace settlement in Afghanistan.

He underlined that there was no military solution to the dragging conflict in Afghanistan. "Scapegoating for all the Afghan ills is neither fair nor accurate... This will only help forces that we are trying to fight collectively."

Pakistan, he said, had done all it could to facilitate a political settlement in Afghanistan, making sure that Pakistani soil was not used against any country.

"We are mindful of the strong desire in the US to bring the 'long war' in Afghanistan to an end. We support this objective wholeheartedly and are ready to help in any way we could to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan."

He made it clear that there were clear limits to what could do vis-a-vis Afghanistan.

"We cannot take responsibility for Afghanistan's peace and security and be asked to achieve what the combined strength of some of the most powerful and richest countries could not accomplish," he told the audience.

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First Published: Wed, September 27 2017. 16:14 IST
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