US Assured Pakistan Of 'No Indian Military Role In Afghanistan'

A senior Pakistani government official has said achieving peace and stability in Afghanistan would not be possible without the support of Pakistan

In his separate meetings with Pakistan's civil and military leadership on Monday, the visiting US Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, called for US-Pakistan join operations against the militants of Haqqani Network inside the tribal areas.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday chaired the corps commanders conference at General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi.

In his discussion with Mattis, Abbasi said the two allies shared objectives.

In August, the USA president outlined a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, chastising Pakistan over its alleged support for Afghan Taliban.

"We're committed (to) the war against terror", he said. The conference members chose to pursue the steps for establishment of peace in Afghanistan.

His visit to Pakistan comes days after the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed was released from house arrest.

A Pakistani official privy of the development has told the local newspaper, Pakistan Today, that Islamabad would only guarantee no attacks from its soil if the USA special forces erect a fence along Pakistan-Afghan borders and also repatriates all the Afghan migrants.

During meeting with the United States defence chief, it was decided that the dialogue process between the two countries would continue through diplomatic contacts.

Last week, the commander of United States forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, said Islamabad had not carried out the "clear" demands that had been made by Washington.

Pakistan denies the charge and accuses Kabul of allowing militants to use its soil for attacking Pakistani security forces and civilians. Any foreign action on Pakistani soil is not acceptable, Mattis was told.

While there may not be any free lunches in this world, Pakistan continues to nearly rever China - a fact underlined by Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Tuesday when he said the focus of Pakistan's foreign policy must shift away from the USA and onto China.

But Mattis's comments were in contrast to more strident language from the Central Intelligence Agency chief at a security forum last weekend.

"In the absence of the Pakistanis achieving that, we're going to do everything we can to make sure that safe haven no longer exists", said Pompeo. His fierce criticism sparked anti-US protests in Islamabad.

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