USA defense chief calls for deepening anti-terror cooperation with Pakistan

USA defense chief calls for deepening anti-terror cooperation with Pakistan

USA defense chief calls for deepening anti-terror cooperation with Pakistan

Top military leadership met on Tuesday to discuss internal and regional security developments in a Corps Commanders Conference in Rawalpindi, chaired by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Sources in the federal government said Mattis was told that Pakistan would not conduct any joint operation inside its territory, reiterating that any evidence about the presence of terrorist networks on its soil should be shared with the civil and military leadership.

Sources claimed that the meeting was held in a cordial environment and the USA 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. We are still suffering very badly from the Afghan war.

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.

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

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When asked if he would "prod" Islamabad to take more action, he replied: "That's not the way I deal with issues". "We are not putting forward any demands to Pakistan, but we want to work together", the report said.

When asked about U.S. efforts to push Pakistan to clear safe havens, Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo suggested Washington was prepared to move if its ally failed to act. "In the absence of the Pakistanis achieving that, we are going to do everything we can to make sure that that safe haven no longer exists", he said.

President Donald Trump first signalled that the U.S. was reassessing its fractious relations with Pakistan in August when he accused Islamabad of harbouring "agents of chaos".

The impasse showed no signs of easing up even after Defence Secretary James Mattis visited Islamabad on Monday. His fierce criticism sparked anti-US protests in Islamabad.

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