A day after US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ meeting with Pakistan’s officials in Islamabad, Foreign Minister, Khawaja Asif, said that Islamabad had been assured that there would be no military role for India in Afghanistan.
Speaking to the BBC Urdu on Mattis’ trip, Asif said the Pakistan government raised the matter of India’s future role under Trump administration’s new policy for Afghanistan and the region with US officials in Islamabad on Monday.
He said that the US had assured Pakistan that there will be no military intervention by India in Afghanistan.
Pakistan has repeatedly expressed its serious concerns regarding India’s role in Afghanistan to the US and Afghan leadership, according to reports.
In September Mattis visited New Delhi and his Indian counterpart had said that India has no intention to send its troops to Afghanistan and that the country was increasing economic relations with Afghanistan to assist the war-torn country.
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 US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Mattis told Pakistani officials that the US was ready to play its role in addressing Pakistan’s reservations. “We are not putting forward any demands to Pakistan, but we want to work together,” the report said.