Responding to a question on India, he said, "sadly India did not respond" to Pakistani efforts to improve a relationship. Ranking member senator Jack Reed said if the mission in Afghanistan is to be successful, it is imperative to disrupt the external sanctuaries in Pakistan, which continue to provide the Taliban, the Haqqani network and other associated groups the ability to train, recruit, rest, refit and stage attacks without significant fear of interference.
Trump had singled Pakistan out for particular criticism in his policy announcement, saying the country provided safe havens to "agents of chaos, violence and terror", and that the USA would be changing how it deals with Afghanistan's eastern neighbour.
Khawaja Asif was speaking at the United States institute of Peace.
"We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting". "We are living in hell", the minister retorted, "The sad part is, America went away chest thumping after that", and Pakistan was left to deal with the rest.The minister reiterated that a trust deficit exists between the two countries for a reason. "There's a great deal that Pakistan can benefit economically, diplomatically, financially for its government; economically for its people; by finally sensing that the tide has shifted against this", Mattis said.
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At his interaction with US & Foreign Media at the Embassy late night, he told the media that after the announcement of this South Asia Strategy, the bilateral relationship between Pakistan and the US has taken a new turn. "Ensuring security in Afghanistan is critical for the region", he said adding Pakistan will be the beneficiary of it after Afghanistan.
Asif said that United States could not succeed in Afghanistan by waging war since U.S. troops were fighting the insurgents for the last 16 years.
"In our renewed efforts towards establishing regional peace, we hope that the worldwide media, particularly the United States media will play a positive role and reflect Pakistan's changing realities in its reporting", the foreign minister said as he invited media to visit Pakistan to acquire a first-hand experience of a fast changing reality in the country. "We have urged them to ask India to give up defiance". "The last four years have transformed the landscape of Pakistan. He added that future stability of Pakistan was an important element of the strategy", it added. "It is more than half of our life as an independent nation". "Salient among these are respect for democracy, rule of law and protecting the freedom of our societies from dark ideological forces - whether these come in the garb of totalitarianism or take the form of violent extremism", he said.