-US delivers a strong message to Pakistan

-US delivers a strong message to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - The United States on Thursday delivered a strong message of ‘do a lot more’ yet again to Pakistan as a senior American diplomat visited Islamabad.

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells, who is on a visit to Pakistan, met Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua here to discuss the bilateral, regional and global issues, officials said.

The US diplomat, the officials told The Nation, carried a strong message that Pakistan needed to cooperate with the US and accept its conditions for a bilateral engagement.

“She repeated the ‘do a lot more’ demand of the US President (Donald Trump). Pakistan said it was doing beyond its means already,” said one official.

He added: “The US wants documentary evidence that Pakistan is acting against all the terror networks along the Pak-Afghan border.”

Another official said Pakistan had assured the US that it will continue acting against all the terror groups without discrimination.

A statement released by the foreign ministry after the meeting said the two sides reviewed bilateral relations and discussed regional issues particularly Afghanistan.

“Both sides agreed that the momentum of the peace initiative unveiled in Kabul by President Ashraf Ghani and followed up in Tashkent needs to be carried forward. Mechanisms for return of refugees and strengthening border management were also discussed. Both sides also reiterated their firm commitments to act against all groups that target Pakistan and Afghanistan,” it said.

The foreign secretary, the statement said also “apprised the visiting delegation of the continued ceasefire violations by India that undermined stability of the region. Pakistan’s position that a comprehensive dialogue was the only way forward for civilised nations to resolve outstanding issues was reiterated.”

This is Ambassador Wells’ second visit to Pakistan this year aimed at continuing the conversation to strengthen bilateral relations and promote peace and security in the region, it said.