Pakistan opposes US-India Armed Drones Agreement

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"International powers must show responsibility before signing such agreements", said Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria in his weekly press briefing.

Stressing on the importance of dialogue for the resolution of the Afghan issue, the foreign minister said that a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan was in the best interest of Pakistan.

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.

He further briefed the visiting envoy during the meeting on efforts taken by Pakistan to control cross-border attacks and asked the USA to invest in fencing the porous border from the Afghan side.

"For a meeting, he invites Afghan president in the bunker and such a situation only depicts U.S. failure in Afghanistan", he said.

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Tillerson and Swaraj also discussed North Korea. However, he clearly stated that on the basis of equality and self-respect, Pakistan want to expand relations with the US. We have a huge trust deficit. They must do some self-accountability also.

"They do not need our territory anymore".

A US State Department official today said the Trump administration has communicated to Pakistan that it must take "decisive" action against terrorist groups and dismantle their safe havens on its soil. "We also highlighted plight of Kashmiris", he said, adding that Pakistan would continue to extend moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmir cause. Much is made of the "gesture" of having the Army chief sit next to the prime minister while talking to Tillerson, but the world outside will take it in its stride saying the Army runs Pakistan's foreign policy anyway.

"We emphasised again and again that their [US] assessment [about Pakistan] is wrong", he said.

Tillerson, who arrived in New Delhi late Tuesday after his visit to Islamabad, said the USA was anxious that too many extremist groups were finding safe havens inside Pakistan from which to launch attacks on other nations. "We told him that we don't mind economic operation between the two countries but we have reservations against India's role in regional security", Dastgir told Geo TV. "Use of armed drones can lower the threshold for conflict, since it can encourage military misadventures, especially in the backdrop of irresponsible discourse about limited military operations below the strategic threshold", Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria told reporters here.\ Zakaria said that Pakistan has consistently maintained that preserving regional stability should be the fundamental consideration in any worldwide arms transfer. "It is not in anyone's interests that the government of Pakistan be destabilised".

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