China defends Pakistan against criticism by India, US on terrorism

Posted October 28, 2017

Tillerson said the message to Pakistan was: "Here's what we need for Pakistan to do".

"We welcome Pakistan and the USA to conduct counter-terrorism operations based on mutual respect", Geng added.

The foreign minister was referring to allegations levelled against the country on harbouring terrorists. The outfit is also blamed for several attacks against Indian interests in Afghanistan, including the 2008 bombing of the Indian mission in Kabul that claimed the lives of 58 people.

"We have fought away the elements that were the cause of drone strikes in Pakistan". He further said that the U.S. wants Pakistan to use its full leverage with Taliban to come to the negotiation table.

Pakistan brokered a landmark round of direct talks between the fragile Afghan government, and the Taliban in Islamabad in July 2015, but the process broke down after the Taliban announced the death of their long-term leader, Mullah Omer, triggering a bitter power struggle within the militant group.

The US has given a list of 75 wanted terrorists and pressed Islamabad for going tough on Haqqani network. "We are concerned with the role U.S. is giving to India in the region". "But we are not in any kind of fantasy following Trump's statement appreciating Pakistan after the recovery for of the abducted couple".

The Foreign Minister further said that Pakistan would not get involved in a proxy war but would continue to play its role for peace and security in Afghanistan. He further said future relations with the United States would be reciprocated on the basis of self-respect and equality.

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The list was passed on during the maiden visit of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Pakistan on Tuesday.

According to the Geo TV, briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Asif said: "During my visit to four nations of regional importance following the announcement of the revised United States policy towards the region, supported Pakistan's stance". You'll decide what you want to do, but understand this is what we think is necessary. We also consulted Saudi Arabia on the new U.S. policy.

Asif said Tillerson also extended cooperation for reducing tension on the eastern border so that Pakistan could focus fully on its western border.

Washington has always been accusing Islamabad of providing safe havens to Haqqani network - a militant group blamed for numerous attacks on the US and Afghan forces in neighboring Afghanistan, including its capital Kabul in recent years.

"There is basically one key factor which is missing in our relationship that is trust".

"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.

The foreign minister stressed that Pakistan did not have terrorist safe havens and the USA was not buying Pakistan's narrative, neither was Pakistan buying the narrative of the US.