Frosty ties between Pakistan and the United States took another tumble when Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said Washington must accept its failures and defeat in Afghanistan. According to Radio Pakistan, talking to a news channel, he said the two countries have agreed to enhance confidence so that matters between the two countries could be addressed in a befitting manner. The Foreign Minister said Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan but "India is creating unrest in Pakistan by using the Afghan soil". Briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Asif said he visited four countries of regional importance following the announcement of the revised United States policy towards the region.
The minister said the U.S. has also been told that this negative role of Afghanistan, of being a facilitator for India, was in no way acceptable for Pakistan.
"In this context, Tillerson pushed for road connectivity in Bangladesh and Afghanistan so that even Pakistan is inclined to participate in the move", the Hindustan Times report said. U.S. had accepted some Taliban as a political entity, he said and added that USA was not ready to engage Haqqani network till they give up violence.
Asif told the Senate that the U.S. delegation had been categorically told that Pakistan does not want any military hardware, economic resources or material gain from Washington.
"We do not get any military hardware from them [US]".
"And that's really what we're promoting is you retain your sovereignty, you retain your commitment to a rules-based order, we will come with other options for you", he added.
During his visit to Pakistan, US secretary of state Tillerson had reminded the Pakistan government to crack down on terrorist safe havens in the country, continuing with the Washington line laid down by President Trump on August 21 when he said Pakistan offered safe havens to "agents of chaos".
Addressing the accusation by the USA and Afghanistan that Pakistan provides sanctuary to terrorists who plan attacks on Kabul, Asif blamed the "ineptitude" of America and global forces there for not ending the conflict.
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He said that Taliban rule arouns 45 percent of Afghanistan and that Pakistan brought Taliban to the table earlier but Mullah Mansoor was killed making them pull out right away.
President Ghani emphasised that his country seeks an action from Pakistan against the Taliban, instead of meddling with them.
Pakistan would not bow down to any U.S. pressure, he added.
"They do not need our territory any more".
India and the USA have had discussions on an alternative to China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which, if it takes off, may force Pakistan to choose between China and the U.S. as well as signal a new face-off between the world's two largest economies.
He said that the collaboration between India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) is working against Pakistan.
During his speech, Asif said Pakistan is not a superpower but is a nation that has sacrificed its people during the fight against terrorism. "But we have a lot more prospects and let's understand, can there be a connection between the Central Asia and Pakistan without Afghanistan?".
Both the sides discussed different ways for cooperation for the elimination of terrorism from the region, he said. "Tillerson didn't specifically mention Hafiz Saeed during his visit but he did press for going tough on the Haqqanis".