President, Jinnah Institute
America will continue to see push-back from Afghanistan, regardless of the 2+2 process it’s investing in. Unfortunately Pompeo’s visit to Islamabad will only underscore the disconnect on the ground if the US team decides to position all Taliban discontent as made-in-Pakistan. US Readout from the #PompeoVisit. See last few lines. Expects “decisive” action from Islamabad. Nothing new at all. Yet don’t understand why there was no joint press conference if a real re-set in bilateral ties is indeed on the cards. Hope this was more than an icebreaker
Syed Talat Hussain
Pompeo, Dunford get cold, minimal reception upon arrival. Islamabad is seething with anger over Trump Admn harshness.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi
Foreign Minister of Pakistan
Met with @SecPompeo at Islamabad earlier today. Today’s meeting was the beginning of a new dawn after a spell of darkness. The atmosphere was cordial, and one of mutual respect and understanding. And we think that’s a great start for a reset.
Journalist & Author
Stalemate continues – conversation continues in circles- Pakistan clearly and firmly expressed its concerns. Washington ‘s demands remained intact. Pakistan should be in no hurry to ‘fix matters.’ Washington needs to revisit its simplistic approach to the region.
Foreign Affairs / National Security Correspondent at Dawn
Another important reason for being skeptical is the US shortsighted policy of viewing the mil-to-mil ties has the basis for any forward movement. This was emphasized both by @SecPompeo & @thejointstaff in their press talk. Relations need a wider basis for them to grow.
2) So @ImranKhanPTI meets @SecPompeo in presence of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa
Good decision as late Ghulam Ishaq Khan would say.Late president would even have meeting with Americans in President House with PM and COAS to send message that all on one page.
In his meeting with COAS Bajwa, Secy Pompeo “conveyed” the “need” for Pakistan to take “sustained” & “decisive” measures against “terrorists and militants threatening regional peace & stability”
Isn’t this “Do More?” We need @ForeignOfficePk @SMQureshiPTI to clarify pls #NoMore
Pompeo met army chief separately even after joint meeting with PM. Gen Dunford, not Pompeo, should have separately met army chief. Tradition of foreign civilian leaders making beeline to GHQ continues. So does the back seat driving and ‘same page’ mantra # Naya Pakistan.
Journalist & Anchor
3/so the stalemate has been broken claims FM @SMQureshiPTI but wout much fanfare or mutual agreement? No joint presser or declaration. However one that followed SMQs independent one, press statement from DC ends in NEED 4 PK 2 take “sustained & decisive measures against terrorists”
Central Vice President, ANP
#SMQ very unconvincing press briefing, playing with words…Seems the meeting didn’t go too well.