WASHINGTON - Ignoring the attacks by India and Afghanistan against Pakistan at the recent Heart of Asia Conference, the US on Wednesday voiced its own concern over Islamabad's alleged tolerance for Afghan Taliban groups like the Haqqani network.

"We have consistently expressed our concerns to the highest levels of Government of Pakistan about their continued tolerance for Afghan Taliban groups such as the Haqqani Network operating from the Pakistani soil," State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner said when specifically asked about the way India and Afghanistan lashed out at Pakistan at the weekend conference in Amritsar. Toner added, "We continue to encourage the Government of Pakistan and Afghanistan, rather -- both governments to cooperate in their counter-terrorism operations and efforts because that's only going to contribute to regional stability."

Meanwhile, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi, has been meeting with senior US officials explaining Pakistan's policies aimed at helping the peace process in Afghanistan.

On Wednesday, speaking at the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), Fatemi said that Pakistan's efforts to normalise relations with India and reach out to Afghanistan for peace and stability as the center piece of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's vision of peaceful and prosperous neighbourhood.

He, however, lamented the absence of any reciprocal desire on the part of some of Pakistan’s neighbours.


The United States has offered to assist Pakistan with recovery operations in the aftermath of PIA plane crash on Wednesday, in which all 47 people aboard were killed.

“Obviously, our condolences to the victims of that plane crash," State Department Deputy Spokesman told reporters at the daily news briefing.

"We’ve been following reports about…a crash of a PIA flight,” Toner said in reply to a question. “Our Embassy in Islamabad is in contact with the government…to see if we can help with rescue or recovery operations.”