Tillerson in Pakistan to Push for More Action Against Militants

Saul Bowman
October 25, 2017

A statement from Ministry of External Affairs read, "Both sides will have the opportunity to review the entire gamut of multifaceted bilateral strategic partnership, including the New Development Partnership; hold consultations and coordinate on furthering the shared objective of promoting peace, security, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan and efforts to combat the menace of terrorism; and discuss regional and global issues of mutual interest".

According to Michele, Tillerson says "Pakistan needs to, I think, take a clear-eyed view of the situation that they are confronted with in terms of the number of terrorist organizations that find safe haven inside of Pakistan".

During his visit, Ghani will meet his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind and will also hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will also host lunch in the honour of the Afghan leader. But he added that the USA had low expectations.

Tillerson has said USA aid may be cut if Pakistan does not act more proactively against the groups, and Islamabad is jeopardizing Pakistan's future by not pushing out militant groups that range across the border into Afghanistan.

Last week, American Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, who were kidnapped in Afghanistan five years ago, were rescued, along with their three children born in captivity, from the Haqqani network in Pakistan's Kurram Agency bordering Afghanistan.

Removing the military-style clock and large fire alarm might have been an attempt by Afghanistan's government to hide the meeting's location.

Secretary Tillerson's Afghanistan trip was kept a secret due to security concerns, especially after an attack last month on Kabul airport during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis. He said Pakistan is looking forward to enhancing security and economic relations with the United States.

The apparent adjustment of the photo-which a photo expert says still showed a cable that would've powered the clock and fire alarm-might have been an attempt to hide the meeting's location, or to "project strength and advance a positive narrative about the country's security", notes Fox News.

NEW DELHI-President Ashraf Ghani has urged India to invest in Afghanistan's mining sector during his one-day visit to the South Asian nation on Tuesday.

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