US lashes out at Pakistan for ‘no action against terrorists’
AT Monitoring Desk-U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has issued a sharp rebuke to Pakistan and warning to hold the terror sponsoring state accountable if it continues to take no serious steps to rein in terrorists on its western border with Afghanistan.
Pompeo said he had delivered this message to the Pakistani leadership when he travelled to Islamabad in September, after Imran Khan became Prime Minister.
“We had made clear that the US policy with respect to south-central Asia has not changed, that our expectation is that Pakistan will not provide safe harbor to terrorists on their western border,” he said while talking to reporters on Tuesday.
Pompeo stated that the Trump administration’s policy with regard to suspension of security aid to Pakistan is still intact unless it takes satisfactory measures to eliminate safe terrorist safe havens.
This is as the U.S. President Donald Trump had cut off a $300 million in security aid to Pakistan. India, too, had asked Pakistan to stop supporting and glorifying terrorists and terror activities against India and its other neighbours.
“We couldn’t make that message any more clear and that Pakistan will be held account if they don’t see about it. If they’re not sincere in that effort; we don’t believe we can get to the place that everyone wants. Everyone wants reconciliation in Afghanistan, and to achieve that you can’t have a safe harbor for Taliban, for Haqqani, and for others inside of Pakistan,” Pompeo said.
The Pakistani government knows that “that’s our review and this administration has already made significant efforts to hold them accountable and we hope that they’ll achieve the goal that we have set out for them, the Secretary of State said.
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