Pakistan has warned India against striking at its nuclear installations and said Islamabad won't hold back if this happened, Pakistani media reported on Friday.
During the briefing, Zakaria also accused India of using terrorist organisations like Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Jamaatul Ahrar (JuA) against Pakistan.
"We firmly believe that through consistent, structured and constructive engagement at political and diplomatic levels, both Pakistan and the United States can continue to work together for the common goal of peace, stability and prosperity in South Asia", the minister said.
While addressing a discussion at the US Institute of Peace, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif urged Indian leaders not to contemplate such actions as it could have "dire consequences".
"I will not be extravagant, yesterday's meeting went very well, today's meeting with Gen McMaster in the morning, I would be a bit cautious about it. It was good. It wasn't bad", said the foreign minister when asked if his trip to Washington was going well.
In response to a question related to India, the Pakistani Foreign Minister said that India has not responded to Pakistan's efforts to improve relations.
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Pakistan, he said, is not just fighting but also winning against terrorism.
In the coming days, when formal contacts and parleys begin between Pakistan and United States, the former probably will have to prove the veracity of its claims regarding non-existence of safe havens of terrorists on its soil and establish the fact that they actually existed on the Afghan territory occupied by the Afghan Taliban. "We are genuinely concerned with regard to the role accorded in the Strategy to India in general and its efforts, geared to destabilization in Balochistan, in particular". To achieve that goal both U.S. and Pakistan need to work closely, he stressed.
Later, senior USA officials told various media outlets that the United States could stop providing economic and military assistance to Pakistan, degrade its status of a major non-Nato ally and place Pakistani officials with alleged ties to terrorists on a terrorist-watch list.
"Name an intelligence agency of any country that does not have links [to armed groups]". "We're trying to make this an inclusive strategy and we don't want them to get a sense that they're vulnerable to any Indian Army people from their western flank, that's not necessary", Mattis said.
The new Republican president denounced the Pakistani government for offering safe haven to "agents of chaos" in a speech in April, when he revealed Washington's plans for a prolonged military presence in Afghanistan by sending 3,000 more troops to the country.
In the midst of heightened tensions between India and Pakistan over the possibility of India launching a "limited war", India has revived its decades-old combat division comprising tanks and armored vehicles near the historically significant Akhnoor sector in Jammu and Kashmir.