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Pakistan rejects U.S. demand for joint operation on its soil

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Mattis also assured Pakistan that the USA will take appropriate action against militant groups in Afghanistan that were spreading unrest in Pakistan.

"Islamabad would only guarantee no attacks from its soil if the United States special forces erect a fence along Pakistan-Afghan borders and also repatriate all the Afghan migrants", reported Khaama Press, citing Pakistani official, as saying, to the local media.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis told Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday that his visit aimed at finding common grounds in order to create a positive, consistent and long-term relationship with Pakistan, according to Pakistani Prime Minister's Office. However sources said the Pakistani leadership ruled out the possibility of the same.

Top military leadership met on Tuesday to discuss internal and regional security developments in a Corps Commanders Conference in Rawalpindi, chaired by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

"But at the same time, as the General (Bajwa) has said, he wants no havens for terrorists anywhere, so we will work together and we'll find that common ground, if we have the will to".


Chances for resumption of the stalled process went further dim following death of Mullah Omer's successor, Mullah Mansur in a USA drone strike previous year in southwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border.

"Gen Mattis expressed his respect for Pakistan Armed Forces and the effective operations undertaken against terrorists", the statement said, adding that "He highlighted concern that a few elements continue to use Pakistan's territory to further their terrorist agenda in Afghanistan". "We have eliminated safe havens from Pakistan's soil but are prepared to look into the possibility of miscreants exploiting Pakistan's hospitality to the Afghan Refugees to the detriment of our Afghan brothers", it said.

Mattis recognised Pakistan's sacrifices in the war against terrorism.

Mattis is the first top American official to visit Pakistan after the completion of the first 100 days of the US' new South Asia strategy unveiled by Trump on August 21.

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.



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