Expect no restraint if our nuclear sites are hit: Pakistan warns India

Pakistan's foreign minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif on Thursday warned of "dire consequences" if India targets its nuclear installations in a surgical strike, saying "nobody should expect restraint" from Pakistan in such an eventuality.

"Yesterday, the Indian air chief said we will hit, through another surgical strike, Pakistan's nuclear installations".

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has said that India's decision not to send its troops to Afghanistan was in view of Pakistan's opposition, as this would bring in new complexities in the region.

"We have offered candid cooperation to Afghanistan during the recent visit of COAS and Foreign Secretary to Kabul where they had successful and productive meetings with President Ashraf Ghani, the CEO Abdullah and others in the Afghan hierarchy", he said. But it was good.

Responding to a question, he said the US' relationship with Pakistan is "extraordinarily" important regionally.

Rapprochement with the Afghan government, removal of the ambience of mistrust between the two countries and the agreement for commencing collective efforts can help a great deal in establishing the credibility of Pakistan's claims and reinforce its credentials as an honest broker of peace and a dependable partner in the fight against terrorism.

The statement also said Asif "urged the United States to take note of the gross human rights violations being perpetrated by Indian security forces in Occupied Kashmir, " adding that "peace in South Asia would remain out of reach until the resolution of all longstanding disputes, including the core dispute of Jammu and Kashmir".

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif expressed concern on New Delhi's role in the strategy outlined by the United States for South Asia earlier in August. He is on a U.S. visit to present his point after the Trump administration had openly accused Pakistan of helping the terror organisations.

"On our part, we have completely wiped out all the hideouts used by terrorists and anti-state elements". Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the same hearing that the US would try "one more time" to work with Pakistan in Afghanistan before Trump "is prepared to take whatever steps are necessary". "Was none of (the punitive actions underlined by USA officials) discussed with the Pakistani foreign minister?" the journalist asked. If that happens, nobody should expect restraint from us.

"What I just read to you, that's what I can provide to you from the meeting". "What did he mean by that?"

Another journalist reminded Ms Nauert that in response to a question at this stakeout on Wednesday, Secretary Tillerson had expressed concerns about the future of government of Pakistan.