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  1. Devil Soul

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    Pakistan, US in ‘secret talks’
    By Kamran Yousaf
    Published: January 12, 2018
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    FO spokesperson confirms Islamabad and Washington continue to communicate with each other. PHOTO: FILE

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    ISLAMABAD: Far from the public posturing and rhetoric, Pakistan and the United States are thought to be holding ‘secret talks’ in a desperate attempt to avoid a complete rupture in their fragile relations.

    Officials familiar with the development said some Trump administration’s officials visited Islamabad this week and held talks with their Pakistani interlocutors, in what appears to be a last ditch effort to find a common ground in the fight against terrorism.

    A Pakistani delegation is also expected to travel to Washington in coming days as part of the ongoing behind the scene diplomatic maneuvers, added the officials.




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    They, however, refused to divulge further details including the composition of the US delegation and the outcome of discussions. Some sources indicated that a high ranking American intelligence official recently visited Islamabad. But the Foreign Office and US Embassy in Islamabad said they were not aware of any such visit.

    “These are highly sensitive matters related to our national security and hence cannot be discussed publically at the moment,” said one official with the direct knowledge of the back channel talks.

    At his weekly briefing, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal confirmed that Pakistan and the US continued to communicate with each other on various issues of mutual interest at different levels.

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    “Since, it is being done outside media glare, I cannot share further details with you,” Faisal replied when asked to share details of such contacts.

    The back channel efforts came just days after the US suspended the entire security assistance to Pakistan in wake of President Donald Trump’s New Year tweet in which he accused Islamabad of ‘lies and deceit’.

    Washington has stepped up pressure on Islamabad to do more in the fight against terrorism. Reports suggest that Pakistan was given ‘specific targets’ to act on within the stipulated time frame. Pakistan, however, is adamant that it has done enough in the fight against terrorism and that there are no organized presence of any militant outfit.

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    “On the question of the presence of Taliban leadership in Pakistan, we completely deny this allegation,” Faisal insisted.

    However, he said Pakistan had repeatedly said that it would take action on the basis of any actionable intelligence and information provided to us.

    He said on the basis of intelligence shared with the US, Pakistan had been able to secure the region and decimate al-Qaeda.

    “This has been acknowledged by the US leadership. We have conveyed to the US that actionable intelligence sharing can help in advancing the shared goal of defeating terrorism from the region,” he added.

    When his attention was drawn towards the recent statement by Defence Minsiter Khurrum Dastagir that Pakistan could block key supply lines for the US forces in response to the Trump administration’s hard line approach, the spokesperson said both sides ‘understand the importance of the lines of communication.’

    Secret meetings in Pakistan expose obstacles to Afghan peace talks

    “Pakistan has been facilitating the US-led mission in Afghanistan through its ground and air lines of communication for the last sixteen years. Pakistan’s support to the US has been critical in dealing with the challenges of terrorism in the region,” he said, but stopped short of saying that Pakistan was contemplating to withdraw that facility.

    He also clarified the remarks of Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif that US was no more an ally of Pakistan. “Remarks of the foreign minister need to be seen in the proper perspective. The foreign minister was expressing his frustration at the unwarranted US accusations against Pakistan and the unilateral decision to suspend the security assistance, despite Pakistan’s extra-ordinary sacrifices and contribution in the war against terrorism,” Faisal explained.

    “The provocative statements by the US leadership and Pakistan’s response has been measured, as we believe that continued Pak-US cooperation is important for the stability of the region, especially Afghanistan,” he stressed.

    Meanwhile, the foreign office spokesperson expressed concerns over the possible implications of India’s move to launch 31 satellites including earth observation spacecraft Cartosat this week.

    “All space technologies, including earth observation satellites, are inherently dual use and can be employed for both civilian and military purposes,” Faisal explained.

    He said all states had a legitimate right to pursue peaceful uses of space technologies. “However, given the dual-use nature of such technologies, it is essential that such pursuits are not directed towards a buildup of destabilizing military capabilities, which can negatively impact the regional strategic stability,” he added.
     
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    Why we freakin need to send our delegation for back door diplomacy?
    Bring them in Islamabad if they want some deal.
     
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    abhi koi kasar reh gai ha sharminda hone ki?????
     
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    This is all BS. USA is losing Afghanistan due to Uprising in the capital Kabul and USA is desperate it has no time and sponsoring such stories for getting help from Pakistan.
     
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    Its good to talk
     
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    I have told many times.
    US needs help from Pakistan in Afghanistan only but pakistan needs US help in almost everywhere.

    So again pakistan will engage with back door diplomacy and the things get normal in pakistan. Again US will say, do more... Story will continue.....
     
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    Pakistan Holding lot of "Secret Talks" with various nation now days. First with Indian NSA in Thailand and now this.
    Something serious is brewing between Pak. & US for sure which none pointing right now.
     
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    US&A=Fghanistan limited to Kabul or may be few northern areas THEY KNOW IT WE KNOW IT why we still need to talk with them?
    What we need from USA? Aid? No we don’t need, we only have India to counter down and since we equipped well enough with necular warheads India isn’t a problem.
    Do we really need American military aid or financial aid?

    What we need from America?
     
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    We don't need US aid but we also don't need USA to totally move to India as well.
     
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    I will just start from your economy.
    1. Do you know to which country and alliance, pakistan exports most?
    2. IMF and world Bank, pakistan wants loan but who actually real player in both organisations.
    3. Aid .... Pakistan gets most Aid from Saudi, England and US. Till now, china given only loans
    .. list can go on... But I don't wanna to go with all list... Thanks. I knew this and I m 200 % confident on my words.
     
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    They are already sharing bed so let it be. This thing I couldn’t understand, the balance of military sizes is old story since necular balancing and might be we more strong than Undia in it.
     
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    Why make India powerful by giving it USA. Why not bate USA. Diplomacy is a bigger weapon than a nuke
     
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    F IMF and world bank they spend they want it back SO WHAT? Do they raise a war on us if we didn’t give them back? Or you come up with story of Dr Shahid Masood that if we didn’t give them back their money they demand to withdraw from N.nukes?
    Put away UK they still out of picture we talking now. If SA need American they need us too it’s a give and take relationship between two countries.
     
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    I don't think this can be taken seriously.
     
  15. Musafir117

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    India is nothing bro it’s just a huge country trying to be important in world map, geographically it’s only have some influence on Nepal Bhutan or BD. Afghanistan only in Kabul as northerners controlling the capital.
    We are more better than them if we totally merge in China block a little help of Russia a good strong gesture by Turks and Iran.
    Ball in our court and we can drop it in other court where we want.