Pakistan rejects United States demand for joint operation on its soil

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"We are not ready to be blamed for the failure of the U.S. in Afghanistan anymore", the official said.

The Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan General Qamar Javed Bajwa reiterated Islamabad's opposition to India's role in Afghanistan, claiming that Pakistan is concerned regarding the threats emanating from Indian use of Afghan soil.

"[The] forum also discussed regional and internal security situation with specific reference to Afghanistan", said the ISPR handout.

Pakistan rejects USA demand for joint operation on its soil ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has flatly rejected the USA 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. "So we know there's common ground; it's how much more common ground can we find by listening to one another without being combative with one another, listening to others perspective", Mattis said.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said Pakistan was revisiting his foreign policy according to the prevailing global scenario, besides hinting at a major shift in the policy.

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Mattis' brief visit to Islamabad comes a week after a hardline Pakistani Islamist group called off nationwide protests after the government met its demand that a minister accused of blasphemy resign.

A statement released later on Monday from Abbasi's office echoed the term "common ground", and said Mattis had emphasised he was "keenly aware" of the thousands of lives Pakistan has lost in its long battle with militancy.

Pakistan is confident that the United States will amend its South Asia strategy announced by President Trump in August this year. He said there is "always an urgency to something" when 39 nations plus Afghanistan have their troops in the midst of a long war, where causalities are being taken.

"I mean, can you imagine a border between Pakistan and India where economic trade is not ongoing to the benefit of people on both sides of that border".

"So we have got to work together on this, and there's a sense of urgency about that", he said. Bajwa appreciated Mattis' understanding of the underlying issues and said that Pakistan does not require anything from the USA but understanding, the statement said.

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