The White House has issued a warning to Pak state today for not taking appropriate and decisive action against the Haqqani network and Taliban and demolish their safe places. The US in its warning said to have all option on the table to deal with Pakistan if it is delaying in taking action. The US issued warning after it suspended the $ 2 billion for security assistance to Pakistan, due to the failure to control the terrorist groups.
The US suspended to provide all security assistance to Pakistan after President Donald Trump in his tweet on New Year blamed Pakistan for not keeping its promises instead giving only lies and deceit. Also, providing safe haven to the terrorists.
The senior administration official of Trump while speaking to media said, “The US does have a range of tools that we’re looking at beyond just the security assistance issue to deal with Pakistan and to try to convince it to crack down on the Taliban and Haqqani network.”
On the condition of not revealing his name, he further said, “Certainly no one should doubt the US resolve to address this threat and all options I would say will be on the table.”
Moreover, some policymakers have also been asking to revoke the non-NATO Ally status of Pakistan and are demanding to put pressure on the country through multilateral institutions like the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations to the White House.
However, the administration has refused to disclose any option against Pakistan. Added the official, “I’m not able to comment on specific steps at this time. But nobody should doubt our resolve in trying to address these threats. We’re looking at all options. We hope that we can cooperate with Pakistan. But we do have options that we’re considering.”
US is unsatisfied with Pakistan as it is not taking serious action against the existence of safe havens of terrorists and US wants Pak state to take action against Taliban and the Haqqani network and dismantle its sources to initiate strikes across the border in Afghanistan, “that will allow the relationship to return to a more positive trajectory,” the official said.
Earlier in August, Trump during disclosure of its new South Asia policy accused Pak of giving safe havens to agents of chaos, violence, and terror. Also said that “the time has come for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilization, order, and to peace.”
Talking about the Trump’s new strategy, the official said, “We firmly believes that for the future of the region, Pakistan needs to crack down on these terrorist elements. Unless they take a comprehensive approach to the terrorism problem it is going to threaten US interests and everybody’s interests including Pakistan.”
Further talking to media, the official said, “There has been ample time for Pakistan to show it is taking our request seriously. Unfortunately, we have not seen the kind of meaningful action that we were seeking.”
The US has a number of tools in its toolkit and can take unilateral steps against Pakistan but at this time, it prefers to show cooperate with Pak, “And we want to indicate Pakistan our seriousness about the issue of dealing with Sade havens.”
On the other hand, Jim Mattis, US Defence Secretary gave some signs to restore the suspended assistance if, “We would restore the aid if we see decisive movements against the terrorists, who are as much of a threat against Pakistan as they are against us.”
He added that “The specific individual things we’re doing our best handled in private, to ensure that we can be most productive. And that’s what we’re working now.”
Also, the defence secretary visited Pak last month to have talk with the top Pakistani leadership, “There’s a campaign plan now that starts regionally. So we started thinking about India and Pakistan and Afghanistan. We reinforced some of our forces there, because we found some forces didn’t have the American advisers they needed, and the ones with advisers seemed to always win. The ones without them did not fare so well.”