Pakistan Tells US Its Military Solution Has Failed In Afghanistan

Pakistan Tells US Its Military Solution Has Failed In Afghanistan

Just two days after USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson visited Pakistan, in a briefing to the Pakistan Senate foreign minister Khawaja Asif said that the U.S. is not ready to accept defeat in Afghanistan, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported. According to Radio Pakistan, talking to a news channel, he said the two countries have agreed to enhance confidence so that matters between the two countries could be addressed in a befitting manner.

"The U.S. can rest assured that we are strategic partners in the war against terror and that today Pakistan is fighting the largest war in the world against terror", Abbasi said.

Pak-US relations, stability in Afghanistan and regional security issues will be discussed during the meetings.

"Certain expectations" had been outlined during his visit regarding "mechanisms of cooperation" that Pakistan must honor or face consequences from the US, Tillerson said on Wednesday.

"For many years, Pakistan has made positive efforts to counter terrorism and has made great sacrifices", Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said. United States had accepted some Taliban as a political entity, he said and added that USA was not ready to engage Haqqani network till they give up violence. "[All these friendly] countries advised us to hold talks with United States".

The US top diplomat however conceded that it was "hard to compete with someone who's offering something on financial terms that are worth a few points on the lending side, but we have to help them (countries taking loans from China) put that in perspective of the longer-term ability to control their country, control the future of their country, control the development of their economy in a rules-based system".

"The things which due to diplomatic norms couldn't be said were discussed during these talks after which the U.S. changed its stance", Asif said.

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"We told them that if they provide actionable intelligence, Pakistan will act on it".

Tillerson's visit to Islamabad and India was part of a six-day tour covering five nations including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Switzerland - however he also paid a secret visit to Afghanistan on Monday.

"We told them that there a number of influential players in the region ─ including China, Turkey and Russian Federation ─ which might not have good relations with America but have a stake in the Afghan dispute".

"Where we haven't had progress, despite trying, unfortunately is with Pakistan".

Asif said a decrease in the frequency of drone attacks inside Pakistan was a clear manifestation of the fact that Pakistan had cleared its areas from the people who used to become reason for violation of country's airspace and sovereignty.

"Having said that there is a willingness on both sides to bridge this [trust] deficit".

Earlier this month, the campaign appeared to produce some success when Pakistani security forces assisted with the release of a Taliban-held U.S. "Tillerson didn't specifically mention Hafiz Saeed during his visit but he did press for going tough on the Haqqanis".

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