US Assured Pakistan Of 'No Indian Military Role In Afghanistan'

Pakistani soldiers walk at the premises of an Agriculture Training Institute after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar on Dec. 1 2017

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has asked Pakistan to "redouble" its efforts to confront militants operating from its soil, reaffirming Washington's concern that Islamabad has not done enough to combat terrorism.

"We also maintained neutrality in the regional conflicts", Asif said while referring to Pakistan's relations with Iran and Saudi Arabia.

This was concluded at the 206th Corps Commanders ' Conference held in Rawalpindi with army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in the chair. "Nobody wants peace in Afghanistan more than Pakistan".

Citing the USA war in Afghanistan has taken a big toll on Pakistan, Asif said stability in the region is key to prosperity.

During meeting with the U.S. defence chief, it was decided that the dialogue process between the two countries would continue through diplomatic contacts.

Sources claimed that the meeting was held in a cordial environment and the U.S. side also acknowledged Pakistan's concerns regarding the Indian military presence in Afghanistan and even hinted at playing some role in the resolution of disputes between the two South Asian nuclear states, including the core issue of Kashmir. The Afghan war was a liability for Pakistan.

But Mattis's comments were in contrast to more strident language from the Central Intelligence Agency chief at a security forum last weekend.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis told Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday that his visit aimed at finding common grounds in order to create a positive, consistent and long-term relationship with Pakistan, according to Pakistani Prime Minister's Office.

"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.

Pakistan is confident that the United States will amend its South Asia strategy announced by President Trump in August this year.

Mattis' brief visit to Islamabad comes a week after a hardline Pakistani Islamist group called off nationwide protests after the government met its demand that a minister accused of blasphemy resign.



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