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US asks Pak to intensify counter terrorism efforts

Washington: Unveiling America’s new National security stategy, US President Donald Trump has asked Pakistan to take “decisive action” against terror groups operating on its soil.

Mandated by the Congress, Trump yesterday released his first NSS, according to which the US has asked Pakistan to intensify its counter terrorism efforts.

“We have made clear to Pakistan that while we desire continued partnership, we must see decisive action against terrorist groups operating on their territory. And we make massive payments every year to Pakistan. They have to help,” Trump said in his remarks as he announced the NSS.

The US will also encourage Pakistan to continue demonstrating that it is a responsible steward of its nuclear assets, the National Security Strategy (NSS) said.

Mandated by the Congress, Trump yesterday released his first NSS, according to which the US has asked Pakistan to intensify its counter terrorism efforts.

Pakistan has received more than USD 33 billion from US since the 9/11 terror attacks.

“We will press Pakistan to intensify its counter terrorism efforts, since no partnership can survive a country’s support for militants and terrorists who target a partner’s own service members and officials,” it said.

The Trump administration has been talking tough with Pakistan after it came to power, but has stopped short of taking any action against it even though the Pakistani leadership have shown reluctance in taking decisive actions against terrorist groups.

“For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror,” he said and asked Pakistan to “demonstrate” its commitment to civilisation, order, and to peace.

The US, Trump then said, can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organisations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond.

Since then top US leadership, including the Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have visited Pakistan to press the latter.

Mattis has refused to give necessary certification to Pakistan that it is taking action against Haqqani network, as a result of which blocking several hundred million coalition support funds to Islamabad.

PTI

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