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US asks Pakistan to fight all terrorist groups

Updated Apr 18, 2017 09:49am


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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif talks to US National Security Adviser Lt Gen H.R. McMaster who along with other members of a US delegation called on him at the PM House on Monday.—Online
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif talks to US National Security Adviser Lt Gen H.R. McMaster who along with other members of a US delegation called on him at the PM House on Monday.—Online

ISLAMABAD: The United States asked Pakistan on Monday to indiscriminately fight all terrorist groups.

This message was conveyed to Pakistani leadership during US National Security Adviser Lt Gen H.R. McMaster’s daylong trip to Islamabad during which he met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, National Security Adviser retired Lt Gen Nasser Janjua and Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa.

Gen McMaster is visiting the region for consultations ahead of finalisation of the Trump administration’s policy on Afghanistan.

The adviser’s visit was the first direct high-level interaction between Pakistan and the US since the new administration assumed charge in Washington.

In first visit to Islamabad, American NSA meets Sharif, Bajwa

The US Embassy said in a statement the visiting NSA “stressed the need to confront terrorism in all its forms”.

When asked to comment on US do more mantra, military spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor at his presser dismissed it as “political rhetoric”.

He said “wise (members of) international community were acknowledging Pakistan’s contributions in fight against terrorism”.

Before arriving in Islamabad, Gen McMaster, in an interview with Afghanistan’s Tolonews, said “US hopes Pakistani leaders will understand that it is in their interest to go after terrorist groups less selectively than they have in the past and the best way to pursue their interest in the country and elsewhere is through diplomacy not through the use of proxies and engaging violence”. He had then also warned that those helping perpetuate violence in Afghanistan “ought to be exposed and held accountable”.

It is said that the US wants Pakistan to end its support for the Taliban.

Lisa Curtis, who had in her paper she co-authored with Amb Hussain Haqqani counselled review of policy on Pakistan for containing and eventually eliminating terrorism, has now joined the US National Security Council as a director and was accompanying Gen McMaster on the visit.

The United States is considering addition of “few thousand troops” to Afghanistan in an effort to break the stalemate in the conflict there. For this, it is said, it needs Pakistan’s complete support.

Pakistani leadership expressed the government’s willingness to engage with the US government for achieving peace in Afghanistan.

Statements from Prime Minister’s Office and Foreign Office on Gen McMaster’s meetings with PM Sharif and Mr Sartaj Aziz were similar in the sense that both said they expressed “readiness to work with the international community to explore ways in which the Afghan crisis can be resolved”.

An ISPR statement on US NSA’s meeting with Gen Bajwa at the GHQ was the briefest and just said: “Pak-US relations, defence cooperation and regional security issues were discussed”.

Pakistani leaders, meanwhile, conveyed their concerns about India and hoped that the Trump administration would play its role in easing tensions in the region.

Mr Sharif noted that “sustained dialogue and meaningful engagement” was the only way forward to resolve all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan including the Kashmir dispute. He, however, welcomed President Trump’s willingness to help India and Pakistan resolve their differences particularly on Kashmir and noted that this could go a long way in bringing sustainable peace, security and prosperity to the region.

It should be recalled that PM Nawaz Sharif had also on Tuesday in an interview with state-run newswire APP urged the Trump administration to play its role for resolution of the Kashmir dispute, which is at the core of tense rivalry between nuclear armed Pakistan and India.

Pakistani hopes about the Trump administration getting involved in an effort for easing tensions between the two South Asian rivals stem from a recent statement by US permanent representative at the UN Amb Nikki Haley, who had said: “It’s absolutely right that this administration is concerned about the relationship between India and Pakistan and very much wants to see how we de-escalate any sort of conflict going forward.” The State Department, however, after strong Indian reaction reverted to its traditional position that it was for Pakistan and India to bilaterally resolve their dispute.

Published in Dawn, April 18th, 2017


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smash Apr 18, 2017 10:01am

Do more !! Much more.

maverik Apr 18, 2017 10:11am

Pakistan should fight those who are a threat to Pakistan. No more "do more". We have done enough, and won't do anymore till others start doing their part in bringing peace to the region. Fixing Afghanistan is the job of everyone, including and especially the US.

Indian Apr 18, 2017 10:56am

Message is clear for Pakistan to fight against both good and bad terrorists.

more Apr 18, 2017 11:08am

Washington should now realize that peace in Afghanistan is impossible without taking political measures to stop the conflict.Sending more troops is merely prolonging the war.It seems US establishment is more concerned about occupying power positions in Afghanistan and the region without caring the consequences of it.Unfortunately this power game is bleeding not the americans but afghans and other people in this region.Had US been sincere it would not have boycotted the talks on the country in Russia.

Saif Zulfiqar Apr 18, 2017 11:23am

But all these terrorists are coming from Afghanistan and Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan. US created these problems and they should clean their mess.

Abdulla Hussain Apr 18, 2017 11:39am

Pakistan is already eyeing all terrorism with one eye. Pakistan has suffered the most of the onslaughts of terrorism than any other country.

Surya kant agrawal Apr 18, 2017 11:55am

Americans comes, Americans go, who cares.

adventurer Apr 18, 2017 12:48pm

There are no good and bad terrorists, they are all in the same league and good in the interest of Pakistan.

dost Apr 18, 2017 12:49pm

USA have its own problems and will trying Best to slove them first.not interested in Kashmir. it's leaders of both country's have to decide for peace and it's there only problem and they only have to slove as friend not as enemy.

asgher Apr 18, 2017 01:17pm

US and UN must intervene to resolve the growing dispute between Pakistan and hindustan due to illegal occupation of Kashmir by indian armed forces. It is NOT a bilateral dispute, it is a serious issue that has been hanging in front of international community since 68 years.

Pashtun Apr 18, 2017 01:54pm

I am not bothered by USA anymore...Many empires came and collapsed in our land... USA is no different !!

Arshad Mahmood Apr 18, 2017 03:01pm

US is not interested in solving the issues whether it is Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria or any where else as it does not serve its economic interests.

US is fully aware of the vacum it left in Afganistan and this was done with specific purpose, to further its interests in the region. Pakistan, India and Afghanistan should know that Uncle Sam only likes himself and rest is all public relations to cover its murder all over the world.

Ammar Apr 18, 2017 08:52pm

Does that include India and USA too?