"At this time, Pakistan does not appear to be using the full extent of its influence to encourage the Taliban to come to the table. We continue to see the Taliban being utilised as a hedge against India rather than as part of a stable, reconciled Afghanistan," Dawn quoted Lieutenant General McKenzie as saying during a congressional meeting this week.
While noting that Pakistan is an important element in the long-term stability in Afghanistan, he, however, said that Islamabad's policies on Kabul has often led to frustration between the US governments and militaries.
Indicating his possible policies towards Islamabad, he said that US Centcom would continue to support efforts "towards a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Afghanistan which includes ensuring that Islamabad's equities are acknowledged in any future agreement."
He further recommended strengthening military-to-military relations between the US and Pakistan.
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