Khawaja Asif, the Pakistani Foreign Minister, told the BBC on Wednesday that an immense trust issue exists between the United States and Pakistan about the Afghan conflict He spoke to the BBC after he met Rex Tillerson the American Secretary of State. Mr Tillerson poses to be the first senior United States official who visited Pakistan after President Trump’s accusation that Pakistan provides a safe haven to militant groups. During the meeting with Pakistani officials, Rex Tillerson repeated President Trump’s message that Pakistan should put in more effort to clear their country from terrorist groups. However, he also applauded Pakistan’s efforts and said that Pakistan plays a crucial role dealing with certain critical disputes in its territory. Minister Asif restated that the terrorist groups don’t have any need for Pakistan’s territory now; as they control over 40% of Afghanistan’s territory and that no safe havens currently exist in Pakistan. According to the report of the BBC, officials of the United States and Afghanistan still believe that notwithstanding Pakistan’s efforts, militants can still plan attacks in the Afghan region using Pakistan’s territory. These allegations were completely rejected by the Pakistani foreign minister. He said that it is due to the United States as well as other international forces’ negligence that they are unable to put an end to the conflict in the Afghan territory.

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Khawaja Asif rejected the possibility of imposing economic sanctions against Pakistan, when this question was asked. He added that Pakistan did not receive any military and just a meagre quantity of economic support from the United States. He added that currently Pakistan is not used by the United States as its proxy like they did in the past. He said that a deficiency of trust exists, but that both countries are working towards a solution. He furthermore added that whilst approximately 45% of Afghan territory was lost during the last 12-years, it is now time for America to do some introspection about their accountability.