Trump administration trying something new against “terror safe haven” Pakistan: Official

Prime News, International (Washington), January 8:- The Trump administration believes that it is time to try something new other than maintaining strategic patience and offering inducements to Pakistan to stop it from continuing as a safe haven for terrorists from where they can attack the US and its allies, a senior official said today.

He said the policies followed by the successive US administrations post 9/11 with regard to Pakistan have not worked at all.

The United States is determined and committed to not allowing Pakistan to continue as a safe haven for terrorists from where they can attack the US and its allies, said the senior Trump administration official who spoke to a group of reporters on condition of anonymity.

“These (terror) sanctuaries really threaten stability in the region and they continue to fuel the overall terrorism problem that we’re facing,” he said.

Noting that the “previous administrations have tried to exercise what they might call strategic patience or be offering inducements like the Kerry-Lugar-Berman bill which gave billions of dollars to Pakistan”, the official said, stressing that none of it has worked so far.

Terrorists continue to operate freely inside Pakistan and there is a relationship between terrorist organisations and the Pakistani establishment, he said.

“This administration believes it’s time to try something different. And we believe we owe it to the Americans in harm’s way in Afghanistan. We simply cannot ignore the terror sanctuaries (in Pakistan) if we’re going to make progress in Afghanistan,” he said, adding that “the president has been very clear about his commitment to stabilising Afghanistan”.

Last week, the Trump administration suspended approximately $2 billion in security assistance to Pakistan, resulting in an outrage from Islamabad. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, in an interview to The Wall Street Journal, had said that America was no longer an ally of Pakistan.

About President Donald Trump’s comprehensive South Asia strategy for regional diplomacy announced in August last year, the official said, “It looked at India-Pakistan relations, encouraging better ties between the two countries and reducing tensions between them”. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).



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