Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, briefed the Senate on Wednesday over his meeting with US delegation a day earlier and said Islamabad will co-operate with America in the 'war on terror' but without compromising its own sovereignty, Pakistan’s Dawn News reported.
On Tuesday, a six-member delegation of Pakistan’s top civil and military leadership hosted US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for a brief visit to Islamabad.
Asif told the senators that Pakistani leadership told the US delegation that they should allow their policymakers, and not their military leaders, to devise a policy for Afghanistan as the military solution has failed and a political solution is needed.
"Their failures over the past 16 years [since the war in Afghanistan started] is before them," he said.
"There will only be room for improvement if Washington accepts their defeat, their failures in Afghanistan," he added. "They are not ready to accept this."
Dawn News reported he also told senators that Pakistani officials informed the American delegation that Pakistan does not want any military hardware, economic resources or material gain from Washington. Rather, Pakistan wants a relationship based on equality with the US.
Asif further informed the Senate that the Pakistani side has told the American delegation that if the latter provides actionable intelligence, Pakistan will act on it. He gave the example of the recent rescue of an American-Canadian couple and their three children from terrorists’ captivity in Kohat.
"However, if they want that we act as their proxies to fight their war... this is unacceptable."
"We will not compromise on our sovereignty, our dignity," Asif added. "Our relations [with America] should be based on self-respect and dignity."
He said, in contrast, Pakistan, which is not a superpower, has gained successes in the war against terror, Dawn News reported.
"Our country, our military and our police have made sacrifices in the war and in return, we have gained unmatched success."
This comes after Tillerson met Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Wednesday and discussed issues around combating terrorism and India's role in Afghanistan.
Tillerson’s visit to Islamabad and India was part of a six-day tour covering five nations including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Switzerland – however he also paid a secret visit to Afghanistan on Monday.