Pakistan rejects USA demand for joint operation on its soil

Frederick Owens
December 8, 2017

Speaking to the BBC Urdu on Mattis' trip, Asif said the Pakistan government raised the matter of India's future role under Trump administration's new policy for Afghanistan and the region with United States officials in Islamabad on Monday.

In a speech in August presenting his war strategy for Afghanistan, Trump accused Pakistan of hosting "agents of chaos" and said that its approach would have to change "immediately".

Sources said the talks between the two sides largely remained inconclusive as Islamabad did not accede to the United States demand for joint military operations on its soil.

Lt Col Michael Andrews, a Pentagon spokesman, said payments to Pakistan from the fund are still frozen, and that "Secretary Mattis has not yet made a decision on the certification required" by Congress to release the $400 million in counter-terrorism funds for Pakistan in fiscal 2017.

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This was concluded at the 206th Corps Commanders ' Conference held in Rawalpindi with army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in the chair. The fact that three separate press statements were issued after the meetings speaks volumes about disagreements among the parties, said a source. "We are not putting forward any demands to Pakistan, but we want to work together", the report said.

Chances for resumption of the stalled process went further dim following death of Mullah Omer's successor, Mullah Mansur in a USA drone strike previous year in southwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border. "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.

The military 's top brass in the meeting paid special attention to the impacts of the situation in Afghanistan on Pakistan as well as the region.

This comes as Islamabad is under pressure to act against the militant groups using the Pakistani soil to carry out attacks in Afghanistan, with Washington demanding particular steps against Haqqani network and the Taliban group leadership.

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