US Warns Pakistan, Says 'nations Supporting Terror Can't Be Our Friend'

Afghan president leaves open possibility of talks with some Taliban

"President Trump's conditions-based South Asia strategy provides commanders with the authority and resources needed to deny terrorists the safe haven they seek in Afghanistan and Pakistan", it said.

In August, Trump unveiled the strategy and vowed to defeat the terrorists on the battlefield.

Following the strategy, the suspected United States drone strikes on Pakistan territory increased in which terrorists of different outfits, including Haqqani Network and Taliban, were reportedly killed. Recently, a drone attack in Kurram region reportedly killed Haqqani Network commander Ehsan alias Khawari and his two companions were killed.

The US had long accused Pakistan of providing safe havens to the leaders of Afghan Taliban and other militant organisations.

The White House document released on Tuesday night went a step ahead, indicating that American commanders in the region also had the authority to deal with alleged terrorist safe havens inside Pakistan.

Later, Pakistan condemned what it said was a USA military drone strike inside its territory.

Citing his recent decision to suspend security assistance to Pakistan, US President Donald Trump has said that countries can not hope to be friends with America while supporting or condoning terror.

Last month, the Trump administration had suspended almost Dollars 2 billion in security assistance to Pakistan.

In his State of the Union address, Trump did not mention Pakistan directly but he did say that he had asked the Congress to pass legislation to help ensure that USA assistance in dollars "always serve American interests, and should only go to America's friends". He was quoted saying, "As of a few months ago, our warriors in Afghanistan have new rules of engagement".

Reacting to the statement, Dastgir Khan told VOA, "We want to make it clear to the USA that Pakistan is a sovereign country and its sovereignty must be respected". "We also encourage the government of Afghanistan to continue its bilateral discussions with Pakistan".



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