India's North Korea ties could be 'conduit for communications': Rex Tillerson

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Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif has plugged triumphalism a bit too much after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Islamabad, telling the Senate he has told the Americans to get lost, thus inviting doubt over the "good news" that Pakistan finally has a foreign minister. "The parliamentary resolutions also sent a strong message to the United States".

Earlier on Tuesday, Asif has said there was a "huge trust deficit" between Islamabad and Washington over the conflict in Afghanistan.

His statement appeared to give weight to India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's assertion that it could be in US' interests for India to maintain a mission in North Korea.

Tillerson, who arrived in New Delhi late Tuesday after his visit to Islamabad, said the U.S. was anxious that too many extremist groups were finding safe havens inside Pakistan from which to launch attacks on other nations.

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Asif, however, stated that Tillerson during the talks acknowledged Pakistan's sacrifices in the war against terrorism and also appreciated the success of the security forces in restoration of law and order. "He [Tillerson] even summoned the Afghan President Ghani for the meeting at Bagram Airbase", he said, adding it reflects that the 16-year-long military approach did not yield considerable results.

"After the new United States policy, I visited four important countries of the region, consulting Saudi Arabia on the matter".

Zakaria said Pakistan and the U.S. wished to strengthen relations but this should be based on better understanding of each other's concerns.

The Trump administration has firmly told Pakistan that if it fails to take "decisive" actions against terror groups, the U.S. will "adjust" its tactics and strategies to achieve the objective in a "different way", a State Department official on Friday said. Trump has also called for greater Indian role in Afghanistan. He said that Pakistan emphasized on the political solution to the Afghan conflict, adding Pakistan would extend its honest role as facilitator along with other regional powers. U.S. officials have indicated they have more tools at their disposal if Pakistan remains defiant or in denial.

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Expressing the concern regarding Afghanistan, The spokesperson informed that 40 percent of Afghan territory is controlled by terrorist elements. "We hope that the members of MTCR and other export control regimes fully understand their responsibility in not letting any country's membership of such groupings constitute a carte blanche for proliferation of destabilising weapon systems", he said.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said that he has made it clear to the worldwide community that Pakistan can not be held responsible for the USA shortcomings in Afghanistan.

As well as support for the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network, another sticking point in the relationship has been growing closeness by the United States to India, Pakistan's arch-foe and neighbor. "We have also conveyed to the US Secretary of State that our cooperation can be enhanced while sharing actionable intelligence". On agenda regarding Kulbhushan Jadhav's case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Additional Attorney General briefed the Committee on current status of the case before the ICJ and Pakistan's legal options. With regard to the "Black Day' to be observed by the Kashmir people today [27th October], the committee condemned atrocities and grave human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir".

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