United States directly told Pakistan that the nature of ties will mainly depend on action against terror

The United States already told Pakistan’s newly elected government that the quality and nurture of their bilateral relation will totally depend on actions taken against terrorist groups operations by Islamabad, on Monday a senior administration of Trump said.

The US and other nations have many times complained that Pakistan offers safe shelter to militant networks and permits them to carry out cross-border attacks in Afghanistan. However, the claim is rejected by Islamabad.

US President Trump has earlier alleged Pakistan of misleading his country, while at the same time gained billions of dollars as military grants.

US government in January declared that it would reject all security aids to Pakistan.

The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asia Alice Wells told source at a conference call that “The nature and quality of our bilateral relationship are obviously going to be a function of whether we saw Pakistan take meaningful steps to hold support for the terrorist proxies that operate on its soil.”

The message was delivered to Pakistan’s newly elected President by State Secretary Mike Pompeo during Mr. Pompeo’s recent visit to Islamabad, said Ms. Wells.

Detailing the visit of Mr. Pompeo’s to Pakistan on September 5, Alice Wells stated, “It was an opportunity for the Secretary to meet with a new civilian leadership early in his tenure to describe the aspirations we have for the bilateral relationship that we would like to be able to work with Pakistan to establish stability and a political settlement in Afghanistan.”

She continued that “It was a very consistent message that Pompeo delivered.”

The message discloses the US urge to work with Pakistan constructively and productively and the sustained and decisive steps the US believes are mandatory to offer their exact incentive to persuade the Taliban to towards negotiating table, said Wells. She said that “I think Secretary Pompeo appreciated the constructive conversations that he had in Islamabad. But the emphasis is on seeing actions that are understandable and measurable by the US and all of the other 40 countries involved in resolute support mission.”

Replying to a question she said that the US generally supports dialogue between Pakistan and India, which has the potential to reduce tensions.

Ms. Wells said that “We understand and have had frequent conversations with our Indian partners on the expectations that there would be a demonstrable reduction in cross-border terrorism or infiltration that will help create the confidence for a dialogue to take place.”

She said that the States greets positive messages, which were exchanged between PM Khan and PM Modi and “how the two governments can build on what is already existing structures, whether it’s the national security advisor dialogue or the DGMO channel or the people-to-people ties that have been sustained through the bus service.”

“If conditions can be created for a productive bilateral conversation, obviously we would be very supportive,” added Ms. Wells.

by Chandrani Sarkar on September 11, 2018

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