ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister’s special adviser on national security Lt Gen (r) Nasser Khan Janjua has expressed his regrets over the US policy is shifting blame on Pakistan for its failures against Taliban in Afghanistan.

Addressing a seminar on National Security Policy here at a local hotel on Monday, Janjua said: “US seems to be speaking India’s language, and both of them are harbouring identical standpoint over the lingering Kashmir dispute. This is why the US is willing to give India a bigger role in Afghanistan while blaming Pakistan for its own failure in the region.”

“India was given clear preference over Pakistan by the US,” he said, even though India “continuously threatens” conventional war with Pakistan.

He said: “US accuses Pakistan of having ties with the Haqqani network and the Taliban when, in actuality, Pakistan only started facing terrorism when it aligned its forces with the US.”

Nasser Janjua said Pakistan is playing a leading role in the war on terror and the international community should acknowledge its unprecedented sacrifices to this effect. “Pakistan has been battling with security problems for the past many years. Peace in Afghanistan remains our top priority,” he said.

He noted that there is still a long way to go as the Taliban in Afghanistan are becoming stronger and India is accumulating more and more weapons.

Nasser Janjua also claimed that US has also opposed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) arguing that that the US wants imbalance in the region to ensure that China does not rise and that there is no resurgence of Russian powers in the region. He reminded that the overall security situation in Karachi has improved considerably, while conditions in Balochistan are also moving in a positive direction.

“People of Balochistan are not only laying down their arms, but they are also chanting Jeevay Jeevay Pakistan (long live Pakistan) as well,” he concluded.