Threats to Pakistan could well be threats to US: Washington

WASHINGTON: The United States has reiterated that the security
relationship with Pakistan is  important and that many of the threats that
Islamabad faces could well in turn be threats to us.
However, Washington shied away from confirming reports of a possible
resumption of security cooperation with Islamabad which was
suspended during the Trump era.
State Department Spokesperson Ned Price, when asked about the visit of
a defense delegation from Pakistan and the rumored resumption of
security cooperation, stated that Islamabad is valued across many
Refraining from providing any details on the matter, Price said that
“Pakistan is a valued partner of the United States. Of course, we have a
security relationship that is important to us knowing that many of the
threats Pakistan faces could well in turn be threats to us. And so we
value the work we do together, but I’m just not in a position to offer
anything beyond that.”
During the briefing, in response to another question, the spokesperson
also reiterated the US’s resolve to support “the peaceful upholding of
democratic, constitutional, and legal principles” and that it values the
“longstanding cooperation with Pakistan” that it enjoys.
Speaking specifically about former prime minister Imran Khan’s
decision to back-track on his claims that the US was behind his ouster,
Price said “we do not let propaganda, misinformation, disinformation get
in the way of any bilateral relationship. When it comes to various

political players inside of Pakistan, we don’t have a position on one
political candidate or party versus another.”
Previously, a US foreign policy and national security expert had
explained that while the Biden administration has been trying to work
with Pakistan on various issues, including on Afghanistan, it was not
concerned with the change in the civilian set-up in Pakistan as “any
change in the civilian political system really has a very marginal effect
on the issues that the US cares the most about”.
While a recent United States Institute for Peace (USIP) has deemed the
TTP not to be a major threat to the United States, the US has
consistently expressed interest in the upsurge in terror attacks. Against
the backdrop of the recent Peshawar Police Lines terrorist attack that
killed hundreds, the US had said that Pakistan will continue to be its
“stalwart partner” in the fight against terrorism.
Similarly, in January, the US supported Pakistan’s right to defend itself
from terrorism, saying that the Pakistani people had “suffered
tremendously” from such attacks.