U.S. approach to Pakistan 'beyond duplicity': Asif

Posted October 28, 2017

The official was responding to questions on defence relationship and India's quest for high-tech defence equipments and technologies from the U.S. as part of its long overdue armed forces' modernisation drive running into several hundred billions of dollars over the next decade.

Washington has always been accusing Islamabad of providing safe havens to Haqqani network - a militant group blamed for numerous attacks on the USA and Afghan forces in neighboring Afghanistan, including its capital Kabul in recent years.

It has also invoked support from (real) allies such as China, and purported allies such as Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Turkey to counter United States pressure.

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has indicated that India's diplomatic connections with North Korea could act as a "consuit for communications" with Pyongyang. He further said that the USA wants Pakistan to use its full leverage with Taliban to come to the negotiation table.

"We welcome Pakistan and the United States to conduct counter-terrorism operations based on mutual respect", Geng added.

"There is basically one key factor which is missing in our relationship that is trust. We are desperately trying, both parties Americans and Pakistanis to bridge this trust deficit". They must do some self-accountability also. However, he added that Pakistan's side conveyed that Pakistan's influence on Afghan Taliban has been reduced which is diminishing gradually, as they have been relocated.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, during his maiden visit to India, discussed strengthening Indo-US partnership, India's leadership on peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region and its vital role in Trump administration's South Asia strategy, a top US official said.

Speaking on Geo News programme Aaj Shahzaib Khanzada Kay Sath, the minister said that in the meeting with Tillerson earlier in the day, the civil and military leadership presented a detailed narrative about its stance on the country's war against terrorism.

"Quite frankly my view - and I expressed this to Tillerson - is we are concerned about the sanity of US´ government as well", Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif told reporters in Islamabad. "We are not responsible for the increase in the drug trade in Afghanistan or the increasing [Afghan] territory occupied by terrorists".

Tillerson, who arrived in New Delhi late Tuesday after his visit to Islamabad, said the U.S. was anxious that too many extremist groups were finding safe havens inside Pakistan from which to launch attacks on other nations.

"After the new U.S. policy, I visited four important countries of the region, consulting Saudi Arabia on the matter".

Addressing the accusation by the US and Afghanistan that Pakistan provides sanctuary to terrorists who plan attacks on Kabul, Asif blamed the "ineptitude" of America and worldwide forces there for not ending the conflict. "It is not in anyone´s interests that the government of America be destabilised".