Pakistan wants peace, stability in Afghanistan: Khawaja Asif

Pakistan wants peace, stability in Afghanistan: Khawaja Asif

He also warned Pakistan that it has "much to lose" by harbouring terrorists.

Like most Muslim countries, Afghanistan celebrates Eid on Friday while in Pakistan the holiday is celebrated on Saturday.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday he had signed deployment orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan in line with President Donald Trump's South Asia strategy.

The United States has sought before to use aid to Pakistan as well as US weapons sales as leverage to secure Islamabad's cooperation onAfghanistan.

On Sunday, Pakistan's foreign office announced that it had postponed a visit by a USA acting Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells to discuss Washington's new Afghan policy, but at the time did not provide a reason.

Trump pledged in his speech to pair his hardline stance in Pakistan with an enduring USA presence in Afghanistan. Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan.

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The U.S. claims that more than $33 billion in aid has been provided to Pakistan since 2002.

Last week, Tillerson suggested that the United States' patience with Pakistan was nearing a breaking point.

The president stressed over national unity, political cohesion, and religious harmony and said: "I hope that together we do the heroics that our predecessors did it in the past".

He added that Pakistan was concerned about Islamic State flourishing in Afghan provinces bordering Pakistan.

Asif termed an increased role for New Delhi in Kabul "highly detrimental to regional stability" and accused India of supporting terrorism and "destabilizing politics in the region". But the annual funding has declined in recent years as Washington became increasingly disenchanted with Pakistan's quiet support for the Haqqani network and the Taliban, whose attacks have been responsible for the deaths of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

According to sources at Foreign Office (FO), Islamabad is not in favour of worsening its relations with the US.

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