United States rejects suggestions of slapping sanctions on Pakistan

Rex TillersonReuters

Rex TillersonReuters

A day after USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson sent a stern message to Islamabad during his India visit, saying terror safe havens would not be tolerated, China backed its all-weather ally on Thursday and said the world must appreciate Pakistan's "positive efforts" at tackling terrorism. "As these terrorist organizations have enlarged their numbers and have enlarged their strength and their capability within Pakistan's borders, this can lead to a threat to Pakistan's own stability".

Referring to Tillerson's visit to Islamabad, Geng said, "We welcome Pakistan and the United States to conduct counter-terrorism cooperation based on mutual respect and jointly committed regional and world peace and stability". The two sides seem to be sticking to their previous position with the United States urging Pakistan to "do more" and Pakistan insisting on "no more" and instead asking Washington to take serious view of Islamabad's concerns over new American strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia. Pakistan has always been trying to convey a basic fact to the United States that it has done what was in its power and now it is time for the other side to do more to take care of interests of Pakistan but the message has not been understood mainly because of lame-duck stand adopted by previous governments in similar situations.

A day after India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Pakistan to act against terrorists on its soil, China said that Pakistan has done a good job in countering terrorism. He thanked India for its support combating extremism. "We have a mutually shared interest in not just containing these organisations, but ultimately eliminating them", said Mr. Tillerson, at a joint press conference with Ms. Swaraj.

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Tillerson held talks with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi while Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, DG ISI Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar and other officials also attended the meeting held at the PM office.

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