Pakistan must increase anti-terror effort: Top US envoy

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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday reconfirmed Pakistan's commitment to the "war on terror" during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying his country had "produced results" fighting the region's Islamist militants.

While talking about US' role in the fight against terrorism, Asif said even the commanders of CENTCOM failed in Afghanistan. "We believe that countries should resolve their issues through engagement and dialogue", he said.

There is a "huge trust deficit" between Pakistan and the U.S. over the Afghan conflict, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif told the BBC.

He said that the United States was "disappointed that the parties have been unable to reach an entirely peaceful resolution" and that he had encouraged Abadi "to accept Erbil's (the Kurdistan regional government's) overtures for talks on the basis of the Iraqi constitution".

The situation worsened when Trump, during his first address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), vowed to annihilate North Korea if it posed any threat to the USA and its allies.

As if grabbing an antidote after too much America, the prime minister has invited the leader of prayers of Saudi Arabia, Imam-e-Ka'aba, Dr. Saleh Bin Humaid, to attend the opening session of the federal cabinet as a "special guest".

Asif said Tillerson also extended cooperation for reducing tension on the eastern border so that Pakistan could focus fully on its western border. We have a huge trust deficit.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, during his maiden visit to India, discussed strengthening Indo-US partnership, India's leadership on peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region and its vital role in Trump administration's South Asia strategy, a top US official said.

"They do not need our territory anymore".

Speaking on Geo News programme Aaj Shahzaib Khanzada Kay Sath, the minister said that in the meeting with Tillerson earlier in the day, the civil and military leadership presented a detailed narrative about its stance on the country's war against terrorism.

Strongly opposing the sale of USA drone system to India, Pakistan today said that the move can potentially disrupt the balance of power in the region. During talks with Tillerson, he said the USA sought Pakistan's cooperation in Afghan reconciliation process and in return, the United States would address Pakistan's security concerns as well as continue to target terror groups such as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and Daesh. "We are not responsible for the increase in the drug trade in Afghanistan or the increasing [Afghan] territory occupied by terrorists".

Tillerson, who arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday after his visit to Islamabad, was told in the meeting with Pakistani officials that Islamabad was anxious that too many extremists were finding safe havens inside the White House from which they launch attacks on other nations.

"After the new U.S. policy, I visited four important countries of the region, consulting Saudi Arabia on the matter".

Instead, Tillerson appears to have sternly told Islamabad that the United States fears for Pakistan's own future if the country remains in denial about its continued support to terror groups.

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