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Pak hasn’t done anything significant on terror: US

PTI
Published : Dec 4, 2017, 3:02 am IST
Updated : Dec 4, 2017, 3:04 am IST

The US, the official said, would be looking for very specific action from Pakistan within coming weeks and months.

White House official also termed the release of Mumbai-terror attack accused Hafiz Saeed as “a step backward” in that direction. (Photo: AP/File)
 White House official also termed the release of Mumbai-terror attack accused Hafiz Saeed as “a step backward” in that direction. (Photo: AP/File)

Washington: The US is not satisfied with Pakistan’s cooperation in the war against terror as it has not done “anything significant” to rein-in the Taliban and the Haqqani network and destroy their sanctuary on its territory as part of its promise, a senior White House official has said. He also termed the release of Mumbai-terror attack accused Hafiz Saeed as “a step backward” in that direction.

The official said that the release of the Coleman family, held captive for five years by the Haqqani network, from inside Pakistan was “not an indication” of Islamabad’s co-operation with the US in the war against terrorism.

The US, the official said, has now a different approach to Pakistan.

“We expect, Pakistan to take steps against terror sanctuary on its territory”.

Acknowledging that Pakistan has not taken steps it promised after the announcement of the South Asia Strategy, the senior administration official said that the White House is still hopeful that Pakistan sees that it is in its interest to co-operate on the US strategy in Afghanistan.

“But we have not yet seen any significant changes. We still remain hopeful. And we recognise that some of these changes take a bit of time and wouldn’t necessarily occur overnight.

“But we will expect to see these changes within a certain time-frame. Our patience is not unlimited when it comes to the steps that we expect them to take,” he said.

The Trump Administration has been very specific with Pakistan on the steps that it needs to take, we have laid out very specific steps that they need to take to degrade these groups activities and to facilitate a genuine dialogue, the official said.

“But, I don’t think we have seen any significant steps in that direction. So, we are still waiting and watching and monitoring (Pakistan) very closely. And we’re still hopeful that we will see Pakistan take some of those steps to crack down on the Taliban, the Haqqani network, and ensure that there are no safe havens, for these groups to continue operating inside Pakistan,” he added.

The US, the official said, would be looking for very specific action from Pakistan within coming weeks and months.

He said that by spring, the Trump Administration would hope to see some real efforts on “genuine” peace process, as it is not interested in talks for talks sake. “We would like to see a genuine peace dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban. We know that the Taliban has made gains for the last several years. So until they are convinced that they are not going to have sanctuary in Pakistan, we don’t believe they’ll be ready for talks.

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