Pakistan rejects United States demand for joint operation on its soil

In an interview he told that Pakistan is playing its role to establish peace in the region

In an interview he told that Pakistan is playing its role to establish peace in the region

It quoted a diplomatic source as saying talks between the two sides ended on an inconclusive note, with Pakistan declining the USA demand for joint military operations.

Mattis also met high-ranking officials from Pakistan's powerful military, including Lieutenant-General Naveed Mukhtar, the head of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency that United States officials say has links with Haqqani and Taliban militants.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said Pakistan was revisiting his foreign policy according to the prevailing global scenario, besides hinting at a major shift in the policy.

He disagreed with a journalist who suggested that Mattis might end up "butting heads" with Prime Minister Abbasi and Army Chief Bajwa when he meets them in Islamabad on his first visit as the Pentagon chief, the paper said. The fact that three separate press statements were issued after the meetings speaks volumes about disagreements among the parties, said a source. "I believe that we work hard on finding the common ground, and then we work together, so that's the approach I want to take".

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

Sources claimed that the meeting was held in a cordial environment and the U.S. side also acknowledged Pakistan's concerns regarding the Indian military presence in Afghanistan and even hinted at playing some role in the resolution of disputes between the two South Asian nuclear states, including the core issue of Kashmir.

Mattis is the first top USA official to visit Pakistan after the completion of the first 100 days of the new South Asia Strategy that was announced by President Donald Trump on August 21.

Earlier, while talking to The News, a State Department spokesperson said that the U.S. had made clear its expectation for decisive action against terrorist and militant groups that operate from Pakistani soil.

The two countries share strained bilateral relationships.

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