Trump hardens stance towards Pakistan, US may conduct strikes on terror safe havens

Last Updated: Tue, Jun 20, 2017 12:00 hrs
U.S. President Trump speaks during a meeting with members of his Cabinet at the White House in Washington

Washington: US President Donald Trump’s administration appears ready to harden its stance towards Pakistan in order to crack down on flourishing terrorist safe havens in the region that has led to a slew of attacks on Afghanistan, reports news agency Reuters.

That the US government plans to crackdown on terrorists in Pakistan has been confirmed by US top officials.

Some of the measures that the administration has planned are potential drone strikes, cuts in aid, and perhaps reducing the country’s status as a major non-NATO ally, added the officials who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

While some US officials have shown reservations to such bold steps, citing years of efforts to curb Pak-sponsored terrorism but in vain. While much was not discussed about the move, US officials still say that they seek “greater cooperation with Pakistan” but fears a complete rupture in ties, in case of a crackdown on internal terrorists in the area.

None of the sides was ready to comment on the issue, save a bland press statement from Pentagon.

"The United States and Pakistan continue to partner on a range of national security issues," Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said.

This decision by the US government comes days before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US. India, too, has been a victim of Pak-sponsored terrorism, which has led to the severance of ties between the two countries.

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