Decisions regarding regional security taken in corps commanders conference

Decisions regarding regional security taken in corps commanders conference

Authorities told the visiting delegation that Pakistan will continue conducting operations against terrorists, which is in its national interest.

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

"The Secretary reiterated that Pakistan must redouble its efforts to confront militants and terrorists operating within the country", Pentagon 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. "In the absence of the Pakistanis achieving that, we are going to do everything we can to make sure that that safe haven no longer exists", he said.

Citing the U.S. war in Afghanistan has taken a big toll on Pakistan, Asif said stability in the region is key to prosperity.

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

A day before Mattis arrived in Islamabad; the Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo had warned Pakistan that if it did not eliminate the alleged safe havens inside its territory, the U.S. would do everything they could to destroy them.

President Donald Trump first signalled that the U.S. was reassessing its fractious relations with Pakistan in August when he accused Islamabad of harbouring "agents of chaos".

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.

Earlier, while talking to The News, a State Department spokesperson said that the USA had made clear its expectation for decisive action against terrorist and militant groups that operate from Pakistani soil. The conference members made a decision to pursue the steps for establishment of peace in Afghanistan.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has flatly rejected the United States 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.