Cracks deepened between Pakistan, US on Afghan issue, engagement still needed

Cracks deepened between Pakistan, US on Afghan issue, engagement still needed

A top USA official's visit to Islamabad was also postponed at the request of Pakistan.

In context to Trump's South Asia policy, Asif does not foresee a military role for India in Afghanistan.

Rubbishing Trump's allegation for allegedly providing safe havens to terrorists, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said soil of Pakistan can not be offered to fight war in Afghanistan, adding Pakistan is ready to work with all countries including India to capitalise on peace in the region.

The Diplomat's Ankit Panda suggested Monday "the postponement of Wells' visit could indicate that the Trump administration's accusations against Pakistan last week could herald a hard period in ties between Washington and Islamabad".

"I had to change the accounting process because we couldn't figure out how many troops we had" in war zones, Mattis told reporters last week.

"Since sentiments of betrayal are running deep at the moment, the aggrieved party feels it's not appropriate to hold a dialogue".

Foreign minister Asif is expected to go on a tour of regional countries, starting with China, to garner support in the face of renewed strains in the ties with the US.

"We have sacrificed our lives while fighting the terrorists; we have suffered financial, infrastructural and institutional destruction but still we are being blamed by our so-called strategic partners".

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Trump last week warned Pakistan of continued presence of terrorist safe havens and support to terrorist organisations.

"From day one we have been saying very clearly the military strategy in Afghanistan has not worked and it will not work". He also urged India to take actively participate in helping USA to fight against Taliban. Majority of them came to Pakistan during Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and since then the situation has been changing in the neighbouring country and presently they can safely be repatriated to their homeland where majority of their compatriots are living. In Karachi, Pakistan's most populous city, police had to use tear gas and batons against protesters attempting to march on the U.S. consulate.

Police used tear gas to prevent demonstrators from reaching the USA consulate.

Donald Trump's new Afghan policy has caused severe rift in United States ties with Pakistan.

Furthermore, the Pakistan-linked terrorist organization Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD), accused by Washington and New Delhi of carrying out attacks in India, staged protests across the country but reportedly failed to attract large numbers.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on August 22 that the United States could consider punishing Pakistan or cutting off its status as a major non-NATO ally if Islamabad doesn't crack down on terrorist groups.

Local media outlet Ary News reported representatives of various religious and tribal groups as well as political parties had demonstrated against Trump's comments in cities across Pakistan on Monday.