In an interview to the New York Times published on Wednesday, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that Pakistan was an active partner in the war on terror and has uprooted all sanctuaries used by militants in the rugged region along the border with Afghanistan.
When asked about relations with the United States of America, Prime Minister Abbasi said "we do not want these to be Afghan-centric". "Those have to be resolved first, and Kashmir is the basic core issue there", the Pakistani PM said, adding that "in the recent past the aggression from India has continued unabated, and that is not acceptable". On the assertion that Pakistan has the fastest growing nuclear arsenal in the world, Abbasi said: "As far as tactical nuclear weapons (are concerned), we do not have any field tactical nuclear weapons".
To a question he said "Pakistan does not foresee any political or military role of India in Afghanistan".
"It's a very secure environment in which our strategic weapons are controlled and held".
The US envoy also acknowledged Pakistan's sacrifices in the war on terror and hoped that the country would continue to play a cooperative role.
He said Pakistan was a responsible nuclear State and has a track record of ensuring that it's nuclear assets do not fall into wrong hands.
The process is yet to complete, but indications from different levels of government point towards an existing consensus that there is no other option, but to stay engaged with US. I think it will just complicate the situation and it will not resolve anything. "We may have difference of opinion, especially based on the modalities of how we operate, but we want to work with the USA to counter this menace of terrorism", the prime minister said. "We have destroyed the sanctuaries", he said. We have defeated the enemy on our own territory.
Trump administration had in July chose to block $350 million in coalition support fund to Pakistan after denying that Islamabad had taken "sufficient actions" against Haqqani terror network. "We have always stressed North Korea to behave responsibly, as per the world community wants", he said.
The Pakistan prime minister said the weapons were with the country's Nuclear Command Authority (NCA) that controls the other strategic weapons as well. He also informed that now Hafeez is under house arrest and action will also be taken against him by the election commission for using his picture during an election campaign, which is illegal.