Pakistan must increase anti-terror effort: Top US envoy

Pakistan would not budge against United States demands Khawaja Asif

He said the United States had been told that Pakistan no longer had influence over the Afghan Taliban as it did in the past.

Stressing on the importance of dialogue for the resolution of the Afghan issue, the foreign minister said that a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan was in the best interest of Pakistan.

He was referring to a recent visit of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Afghanistan where he didn't travel to Kabul but called President Ashraf Ghani to Bagram, the biggest U.S. military base in Afghanistan, for a meeting.

He further briefed the visiting envoy during the meeting on efforts taken by Pakistan to control cross-border attacks and asked the U.S. to invest in fencing the porous border from the Afghan side.

Earlier on Tuesday, Asif has said there was a "huge trust deficit" between Islamabad and Washington over the conflict in Afghanistan.

On Tillerson's visit to Pakistan, Geng said: "China supports the global community to enhance counter-terrorism cooperation and synergy".


"We want to expand relations with the United States on the basis of equality and self-respect". We have a huge trust deficit.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said that he has made it clear to the worldwide community that Pakistan can not be held responsible for the USA shortcomings in Afghanistan.

"Yes, there is a trust deficit, but we are talking", Asif said, adding that there was a willingness on both sides to bridge this deficit. Pakistan has denied that such "safe havens" exist within its borders. "There has been significant engagement prior to my visit, and there will be further engagement in the future, as we work through how we want to exchange information and achieve the objective of eliminating these terrorist organisations, wherever they may be located", Tillerson said. "Neither are we supporting them (Afghan Taliban), nor do they need our help", the Pak FM said.

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.

Tillerson, who arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday after his visit to Islamabad, was told in the meeting with Pakistani officials that Islamabad was anxious that too many extremists were finding safe havens inside the White House from which they launch attacks on other nations.

Instead, Tillerson appears to have sternly told Islamabad that the United States fears for Pakistan's own future if the country remains in denial about its continued support to terror groups. "We told him that we don't mind economic operation between the two countries but we have reservations against India's role in regional security", Dastgir told Geo TV. "It is not in anyone´s interests that the government of America be destabilised".

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