China defends Pakistan against criticism by India, US on terrorism

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Divulging the details of Tillerson's maiden visit to India, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert here said the top Trump official met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

In response to a question about the conditions put forward by the U.S. for Pakistan today, the minister said that Tillerson emphasised on the need for Pakistan to deal with the Haqqani Network and terrorists' safe havens on its soil.

Asif said almost 45 percent of Afghanistan's territory was not under the control of Kabul and that Daesh was also present in two or three Afghan provinces located in that territory.

He further briefed the visiting envoy during the meeting on efforts taken by Pakistan to control cross-border attacks and asked the United States to invest in fencing the porous border from the Afghan side. "And if you don't want to do that, don't feel you can do it, we'll adjust our tactics and our strategies to achieve the same objective a different way".

On Tillerson's visit to Pakistan, Geng said: "China supports the worldwide community to enhance counter-terrorism cooperation and synergy".

"Terrorist attacks are not planned on or executed from Pakistani soil, there are no terrorist safe havens in Pakistan, and we made this clear to the United States delegation today", Asif said, insisting that the Pakistani leadership firmly holds on to the stance that it is not protecting or supporting the Haqqani network.

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But Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi seems to be taking a longer, cooler view. "And then I had a second meeting with Army General Bajwa and a couple of his close advisers, so we could have a more thorough discussion about some of the specifics", he said, adding that he thinks that it was a very open, candid and frank exchange. And either people will step up and meet those expectations or they won't.

Dismissing Pakistan's bogus narrative - largely for its domestic consumption - that India and USA are backing terror groups in Afghanistan that are attacking Pakistan, Wells said Washington wanted Pakistan to show the same commitment it made to defeat militant groups domestically to those threatening Afghanistan or India. He said "extra-regional powers" should be mindful of such actions, which can undermine strategic stability in South Asia.

Afghanistan's role as a facilitator for India is not acceptable to Pakistan, said Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif in the Senate on Wednesday. United States officials have indicated they have more tools at their disposal if Pakistan remains defiant or in denial.

The US has given a list of 75 wanted terrorists and pressed Islamabad for going tough on Haqqani network.

Talking about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's recent visit to Islamabad, he claimed that the U.S. side admitted that Pakistan had two troubled borders and the South Asia Strategy would address these issues.

Addressing the accusation by the USA and Afghanistan that Pakistan provides sanctuary to terrorists who plan attacks on Kabul, Asif blamed the "ineptitude" of America and global forces there for not ending the conflict.