"While US soldiers went back chest thumping that they have defeated the Soviet Union, no one cared about what happened to Pakistan", said the minister who is known for his candour.
While the secretary's remarks about the future of United States and Pakistan's relationship came as a pleasant surprise for Pakistan observers in Washington, his comments on stability of the government in Islamabad alarmed many.
"We have time and again rejected these allegations".
Tillerson made these remarks to the media following his meeting with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Wednesday.
Pakistan feels that USA and Pakistan must actively work towards peace in South Asia, he added.
"It is not just about Afghanistan".
Furthermore, the DG ISPR said that by virtue of its geographical importance, Pakistan is critical to the region and even beyond. He will discuss the dynamics between Pakistan and its neighbours, the role of regional players such as China, Iran and Russian Federation, and the future of US-Pakistan relations.More news: Spain suspends Catalan parliament session
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He stated this while addressing at the US Institute of Peace in Washington Thursday. We're going to be working very hard at all levels, from the State Department to the Defense Department to our intelligence communities, as well as economic, commerce opportunities as well.
"The US government and army can not make Pakistan a scapegoat for its failures in Afghanistan", foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said, the Dawn newspaper reported.
He also said that Pakistan requires a recognition, by both Pakistan and USA, of each other's sacrifices in the war against terrorism. He will return to NY in the evening. And, these visits will be followed by visits by himself and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
After the meeting, Tillerson said Pakistan was critical to the stability of South Asia. They said that the talks would also cover the reservations that Pakistan has voiced following US President Donald Trump's August 21 speech in which he accused Pakistan of offering "safe havens" to the terrorists, which led to postponement of Asif's scheduled trip.
Reiterating that no organized terror outfit existed in Pakistan, the DG ISPR said that Pakistan army fully backed by the people fought a full-fledged war against terror in last four years.
Asif objected to the possibility of renewed USA drone strikes on Pakistan. And as we rolled out the South Asia strategy, we spoke about it in a regional context.