Pakistan cautions United States about consequences of anti-Taliban offensive

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath PTI file

Taken as a whole, Burrows said he was doubtful Trump's actions over the last week were part of a broader strategy. He said that Pakistan's interference in Afghanistan's affairs at this point in time would create a situation where the Afghan war would overflow into Pakistan's territories, while adding that such conditions would only suit U.S. interests in the region. With all lines of communication closed, the Taliban will become even more unsafe, particularly for Pakistan, which has always faced the blowback of previous adventures in Afghanistan, whether launched by the Russians or Americans, the report said.

The Pakistan foreign office claimed that Washington's "shifting goalposts" was "counterproductive", but also noted that Islamabad remained "engaged with the United States administration on the issue of security cooperation and awaits further details". Pakistan closed them once before, after a 2011 U.S.

The announcement ignited some small protests in Pakistan on Friday, including in Chaman, one of the two main crossings on the border with Afghanistan where several hundred people gathered to chant anti-US slogans.

It also believes that a Pakistani crackdown could be pivotal in deciding the outcome of the war in Afghanistan - now entering its 17th year - by weakening the Taliban militarily and forcing the organization to the negotiating table.

"There is a United States dollars 10 million reward out for information leading to his re-arrest, the person who is the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks who was let go in Pakistan", Nauert said.

During an interaction with Pentagon reporters, defence secretary Jim Mattis did not respond to question if he was in favour of cutting off the aid to Pakistan. According to a senior state department official, no decision has been taken on the fate of $255 million security assistance to Pakistan for the fiscal year 2017. The amount appropriated in a certain year usually "expires" by September 30 of the next year.

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

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The Pakistani officials their interlocutors that the country is still coping with the consequences of Britain's Afghan adventures. Now, the money that has been suspended at this time does not mean that it will be suspended forever, she said. "We'll continue to coordinate this...this is going to take time".

Pakistani The Nation media outlet reported, citing senior officials from the nation's foreign ministry, that Islamabad was discussing the move, however the decision has not been made yet, Sputnik reported.

"We have not done anything that's irreversible here".

While Pakistanis reject the U.S. charge that they have allowed the Haqqani Network to maintain safe havens, they appear more eager to understand the USA plan to defeat the Taliban.

While US administrations have used harsh words in the past, officials here remain cautiously optimistic that there is now greater willingness in Washington to follow through on their threat to cut assistance to Pakistan.

"The president has shown that he is willing to speak with clarity when he talks about Pakistan and our relationship", the official said. China sees Pakistan as a prime partner "under the Belt and Road initiative, with land and sea projects worth billions of dollars [known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor] under construction", it observed.

Interestingly, the United States official said that while public pronoucements have focussed on safe havens for thr Haqqani network and Taliban, conversations with Pakistan have also included "concerns about their nuclear program... the ability of anti-India groups like Lashkar-e Tayyiba and Jaish-e Mohammed to fundraise and operate; and Hafiz Saeed, the head of Lashkar-e Tayyiba, who was recently released from house arrest".

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