Pakistan has conveyed to the US leadership that the presence of Islamic State (Daesh) in Afghanistan is a threat to Islamabad and to counter this menace, effective border management is necessary.

   As the Trump administration prepares to announce its policy review on Afghanistan and the region, it has nevertheless, emphasised on the importance of a strong partnership between Washington and Islamabad, while Pakistan says it is looking forward to a ‘comprehensive’ US political strategy.

   The US acknowledges Pakistan’s sacrifices in the fight against terrorism, while reiterating that the objective of bilateral cooperation was to seek a stable, secure and prosperous Pakistan.The assurance came during a meeting between Foreign Secretary TehminaJanjua and Alice Wells, the visiting acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, at the Foreign Office on Thursday.

   “We consider it an important visit, which provides us an opportunity to discuss the bilateral relations and share our perspectives on Afghanistan and the broader issues related to the region. All issues were discussed including the outstanding issue of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as comprehensive discussions in the context of the situation in Afghanistan,” spokesman at the Foreign Office told the weekly media briefing.


   Pakistan is trying its best to convince the US to have a rethink on stopping aid. The latest attempt to rope in Daesh is definitely a step in this regard.