ISLAMABAD - AFP news agency reported on the authority of unnamed sources on Saturday that Secretary Tillerson and Defence Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis would travel to Islamabad late this month to turn up the heat on Pakistan.
The one-two punch is designed to drill home Trump’s message that the alleged Pakistani state support for militant groups has to end, according to officials briefed on the visits, it added.
Analysts say the two sides need to engage to improve cooperation, especially for restoring peace in Afghanistan where the US-led military campaign has entered 18th year. Islamabad has repeatedly said that it is ready help in every possible way in the Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process.
According to the VOA Urdu, Pakistan is also playing a leading role in a quadrilateral session in Muscat, Oman, aimed at bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table.
The session will be held Oman’s capital on October 16.