A trilateral forum, which brings the United States and India in a new arrangement with Afghanistan, is not directed against Pakistan, says a senior US official.
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Robert Blake said that the main goal of this forum is to bring stability and economic development to Afghanistan and it is not in any means against Pakistan.
"On the contrary, it's to talk about the situation inside Afghanistan but also how we continue to support Afghanistan," Blake added.
"This is certainly not in any way seen as directed against Pakistan."
This comes as US top Senator John McCain believes that US cannot cut off its relations with Pakistan because it could have greater challenge as Pakistan is a nuclear state.
"The US cannot afford to "cut off all relations with Pakistan because then it could become even more unstable and we could have even greater challenges since they have a nuclear inventory, among other things", as Senator McCain said.
Policy makers in Washington believe that the Indians will not send their troops to Afghanistan even if the Americans want them to. And therefore, the US will have to deal with Pakistan if it wants long-term stability in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, Afghan military expert believes that US, Afghanistan and Indian relationships can boost intelligence for either countries even for Pakistan.
"The trilateral forum of Afghanistan, US and India is beneficial for intelligence purposes for all three countries including Pakistan." General Abdul Wahed Taqat said.
The relations between Pakistan and the United States strained more when a deadly Nato air strike killed as many as 24 Pakistani soldiers near Afghan border.