| GEO Pakistan|
| Qureshi laments new US screening system|
| Updated at: 1912 PST, Wednesday, January 13, 2010|
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Wednesday expressed his government’s displeasure over inclusion of Pakistan in the enhanced US screening system.
While US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke said that US was aware of Pakistan’s concerns, adding that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would soon visit Islamabad in this regard.
Briefing the media after meeting with Foreign Minister Qureshi in Islamabad, Holbrooke said the US wants to establish relations with Pakistan on equal grounds. Hillary Clinton is playing an important role in bringing Pakistan and US closer, he said.
“The US respects Pakistan’s apprehensions, he said, adding that having differences between two friends is natural.”
The US envoy said he too has to pass through the new security system. But added that Homeland Security System was under scrutiny.
Speaking on this occasion, Foreign Minister Qureshi said that US had not played its role on Indian attitude despite Islamabad’s concrete efforts in battling terrorism.
“Pakistan has apprised the US of its redline,” he said.
Qureshi also offered his Pakistani assistance regarding reconstruction and development of Afghanistan. The foreign minister said Pakistan and US are likely to start strategic talks in February.