Joint action against Haqqanis: Pakistan spurns U.S. demand

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However, Mattis was told that Pakistan would be ready to take action against any group of militants on the receipt of actionable intelligence from the USA side.

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.

"The COAS took the forum on board about his military diplomacy through his recent visits overseas and interaction with foreign dignitaries visiting Pakistan", it said.

Pakistani officials have pushed back on the USA accusations and say they have done a great deal to help the United States in tracking down militants. The fact that three separate press statements were issued after the meetings speaks volumes about disagreements among the parties, said a source.

"But at the same time, as the (Pakistan Army Chief) General (Qamar Javed Bajwa) has said, he wants no havens for terrorists anywhere, so we will work together and we'll find that common ground, if we have the will to".

Mattis said both Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Pakistan military, the NATO-led militaries of 39 nations have all been in fights here. "We have eliminated safe havens from Pakistan's soil but are prepared to look into the possibility of miscreants exploiting Pakistan's hospitality to the Afghan Refugees to the detriment of our Afghan brothers", it said. Pakistan had expressed strong reservations about the strategy which called for an increased role of India in Afghanistan.

Similarly, he said, there is common ground between Afghanistan and Pakistan, because there are terrorist groups that try to move back and forth, that do move back and forth in order to live in one and attack in the other, that sort of thing.

Abbasi, for his part, underlined the need for a broad based engagement to strengthen partnership and enhance cooperation between the two countries, adding that no other country benefits more from peace and stability in Afghanistan than Pakistan.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has flatly rejected the U.S. demand for joint operations against militants on the former's soil in the latest round of "inconclusive" talks between the two countries held this week, diplomatic sources told The News.

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