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07 December 2017, 02:27 | Terri Saunders
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While telling Defence Secretary James Mattis that enough is enough, Pakistan had told the visiting dignitary that its hands were tied up in the fight against terrorism and would no more accept the oft-repeated mantra of "do more" against alleged safe havens in the country, RoznamaExpress has learnt.
Last week, the commander of USA forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, said Islamabad had not carried out the "clear" demands that had been made by Washington.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday chaired the corps commanders conference at General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi.
The defence secretary reiterated that Pakistan must "redouble its efforts to confront militants and terrorists operating within the country", the US Embassy in Islamabad said in a statement after Mattis concluded his maiden visit to the country, reports PTI.
"We're committed (to) the war against terror", he said.
Pakistan has consistently rejected claims it supports Taliban-allied forces, insisting it maintains contacts with insurgents only as a means to bring them to the table for peace talks.
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But Mattis's comments were in contrast to more strident language from the Central Intelligence Agency chief at a security forum last weekend.
Lt Col Michael Andrews, a Pentagon spokesman, said payments to Pakistan from the fund are still frozen, and that "Secretary Mattis has not yet made a decision on the certification required" by Congress to release the $400 million in counter-terrorism funds for Pakistan in fiscal 2017.
Pakistan is confident that the United States will amend its South Asia strategy announced by President Trump in August this year.
Pakistan's Express Tribune also reported that the sources said that the issue of India's role in Afghanistan remained top of the agenda for Pakistan during the visit of Mattis, while the United States asked Pakistan to act against the Haqqani network and other elements targeting the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan.
Mattis' brief visit to Islamabad comes a week after a hardline Pakistani Islamist group called off nationwide protests after the government met its demand that a minister accused of blasphemy resign.
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