Published: Sat, October 28, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Pakistan will not accept dictation from U.S., says Asif

Pakistan will not accept dictation from U.S., says Asif

Asif asserted that the United States had made a habit of handing over lists of wanted people to Pakistan, which traded them for favours - a matter that needed to be debated.

"There's no safe haven more ominous for regional - any region - and world security than the White House", Khawaja Asif said.

"We are at ways to, in terms of Foreign military sales, but really also in defence cooperation broadly how to strengthen our relationship and cooperation", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The minister was briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Defence on his recent talks in the United States and his interactions with U.S. think-tanks on relations between the two countries.

Asif said almost 45 percent of Afghanistan's territory was not under the control of Kabul and that Daesh was also present in two or three Afghan provinces located in that territory.

Asif was briefing the Committee on Defence on his recent talks in the US and his interactions with USA think-tanks on relations between the two countries. "And then I had a second meeting with Army General Bajwa and a couple of his close advisers, so we could have a more thorough discussion about some of the specifics", he said, adding that he thinks that it was a very open, candid and frank exchange.

The Foreign Minister further said that Pakistan would not get involved in a proxy war but would continue to play its role for peace and security in Afghanistan. "They [Americans] use different tone in New Delhi and Kabul, but they completely change the tone of their language when they are in Islamabad.This is something beyond duplicity", Asif said while commenting on Rex Tillerson's statements in India and Afghanistan. "We are desperately trying, both parties Americans and Pakistanis to bridge this trust deficit".

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told Pakistan that it must take action against terrorist groups and dismantle their safe havens on its soil, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said, a day after Tillerson concluded his maiden trip to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

Tillerson reiterated United States President Donald Trump's message that Islamabad must increase its efforts to eradicate the militants and terrorists operating within the country.

Expressing the concern regarding Afghanistan, The spokesperson informed that 40 percent of Afghan territory is controlled by terrorist elements.

He also dismissed the possibility of economic sanctions by the U.S.in case it does not tackle the issue of Taliban, saying that Pakistan only received "a trickle" of economic assistance from America.

"It's up to them whether or not they want to work with us, " acting assistant secretary of state for South Asia Alice Wells told reporters Wells.

"International powers must show responsibility before signing such agreements", said Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria in his weekly press briefing.

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