Khwaja Asif, the defence minister of Pakistan. - File photo

NEWYORK, 27 September: Foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif reminded the United States that Haqqani network and other militant outfits were once ‘darling’ of the White House.

The minister made these remarked at the at the 72nd session of United Nations General Assembly at the Asia Society forum. He also refused to take blame for the Haqqani network and other outfits who were once funded and supported by the United States of America.

“Don’t blame us for the Haqqanis Network and for the Hafiz Saeed, head of banned Jamaatud Dawa. These were the people who were your darlings just 20 to 30 years back. They were being dined and wined in the White House and now you say ‘go to hell Pakistanis because you are nurturing these people’.”

Further clarifying Islamabad’s position, Asif said It was very easy to say Pakistan was floating the Haqqanis and Hafiz Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

“They are liabilities. I accept that they are liabilities, but give us time to get rid of them because we don’t have the assets to match these liabilities and you are increasing them further,” he said.