Pakistan rejects USA demand for joint operation on its soil

Pakistan rejects USA demand for joint operation on its soil

Pakistan rejects USA demand for joint operation on its soil

Accompanied by senior officials from the US defense and state departments, Mattis met Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, separately, during his day-long visit, the second tour of a high profile USA official in less than a month.

A day after US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' meeting with Pakistan's officials in Islamabad, Foreign Minister, Khawaja Asif, said that Islamabad had been assured that there would be no military role for India in Afghanistan.

A day before Mattis arrived in Islamabad; the Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo had warned Pakistan that if it did not eliminate the alleged safe havens inside its territory, the USA would do everything they could to destroy them. The conference members chose to pursue the steps for establishment of peace in Afghanistan.

Mattis recognised Pakistan's sacrifices in the war against terrorism.

His visit to Pakistan comes days after the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed was released from house arrest.

The Pakistani officials have offered condition support to help end the cross-border attacks in Afghanistan by the militants using the Pakistani territory.

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Islamabad has agreed to initiate fresh efforts to bring Taliban back to the negotiation table, following an ice-breaking visit of Pakistan's army chief to Kabul in October, according to Pakistani media reports.

Mattis told Pakistani officials that the U.S. was ready to play its role in addressing Pakistan's reservations.

"In the absence of the Pakistanis achieving that, we're going to do everything we can to make sure that safe haven no longer exists", said Pompeo.

Stressing on a need to develop correct ties, Ais said "We have to convert our diplomatic outpost to trade outpost", adding that the USA has been one of the major trade partners of Pakistan, Dawn News reported.

"If the United States could take these two steps, Pakistan would guarantee that its soil would never be used for any militant activities across the Afghan border", a source privy to the details of the meeting said.

The remarks triggered a series of high-level diplomatic meetings in the U.S. and Pakistan, but Islamabad has given few signs of concessions.

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