'Common ground' theme in testy US-Pakistan ties

'Common ground' theme in testy US-Pakistan ties

However, Pakistan signaled its willingness to crack down on all militant outfits based on actionable intelligence from the US. "I need to go, to sit down and listen to them, start there, start by listening", Mattis told reporters travelling with him on his way to Pakistan from Egypt.

Pakistan rejects United States demand for joint operation on its soil ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has flatly rejected the U.S. demand for joint operations against militants on the former's soil in the latest round of "inconclusive" talks between the two countries held this week, diplomatic sources told The News.

Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa today chaired a high-level meeting of top military officers and discussed the regional security situation with reference to Afghanistan, officials said.

Pakistan had brokered a landmark round of direct talks between the fragile Afghan government, and the Taliban in Islamabad in July 2015, but the process broke down after the Taliban announced the death of their long-term leader, Mullah Omer, triggering a bitter power struggle within the militant group. The fact that three separate press statements were issued after the meetings speaks volumes about disagreements among the parties, said a source. "We are not putting forward any demands to Pakistan, but we want to work together", the report said.

President Donald Trump first signalled that the U.S. was reassessing its fractious relations with Pakistan in August when he accused Islamabad of harbouring "agents of chaos".

"Gen Mattis expressed his respect for Pakistan Armed Forces and the effective operations undertaken against terrorists", the statement said, adding that "He highlighted concern that a few elements continue to use Pakistan's territory to further their terrorist agenda in Afghanistan".

A statement released later on Monday from Abbasi's office echoed the term "common ground", and said Mattis had emphasised he was "keenly aware" of the thousands of lives Pakistan has lost in its long battle with militancy.

During meeting with the U.S. defence chief, it was decided that the dialogue process between the two countries would continue through diplomatic contacts.