US Secretary of State asks Pakistan to step up efforts to combat militants and terrorists

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday urged Pakistan to double efforts against militants and terrorists operating in its territory. He emphasized the role of Islamabad to cooperate with Washington to facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan.

Mattis makes a one-day visit in Pakistan and meets with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and army commander General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The meeting was also attended by Pakistani national intelligence chief and security adviser.

Mattis left Pakistan with confidence and optimism, according to senior defense officials, who described the meeting as "straightforward" and "focused on rebuilding trust".

The United States after the meeting said Mattis acknowledged Pakistan's sacrifice in the war against terrorism and called for increased efforts towards regional stability and security. [ds]

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