Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal on Thursday said that relationship between the United States and Pakistan “have returned to normal” succeeding Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Washington.
“Relations between Pakistan and the US have been reestablished,” he said in a weekly press briefing, hours after the premier’s return from the US. “Even the American [government] did not use ‘do more’.”
In reply to a question regarding the Inter-Services Intelligence’s (ISI) role in the seizing of Osama bin Laden by the US, Dr Faisal said it was only the “initial lead” which Pakistan had delivered.
“I am neither confirming nor denying,” he said, when pressed on the topic, adding only the ISI could comment on this.
“It was the ISI which gave the information which led to the location of Osama bin Laden. If you ask CIA, it was the ISI which gave the initial location through the phone connection,” Prime Minister Imran Khan, during an interview to Fox News earlier this week said.
Dr Faisal, in his press updating today, also said that US President Donald Trump had accepted Prime Minister Imran Khan’s invitation to visit Pakistan.
The Foreign Office spokesperson further said that the US, as well as the rest of the world, has admitted Pakistan’s role as a mediator in the ongoing Afghan peace talks.
He acknowledged that both countries will follow their own comforts while moving forward.
Prime Minister Imran had gone on a three-day official visit to the US, where he held a meeting with President Donald Trump, met US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, spoke to members of the US Congress and addressed an event at the US Institute of Peace, among other official activities.