Thursday, 19 April, 2018

United States hails India's aid contribution to Afghanistan

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Pakistan's move comes as the US - now fighting its war on terror in Afghanistan - suspended military aid to Islamabad, accusing it of harboring terrorists who attack foreign troops in Afghanistan.

Pakistan Army spokesperson has said that there can not be lasting peace in the region unless security and stability is ensured in Afghanistan.

"This view, he felt, was undermining in Washington Pakistan's contributions in the war against terrorism", the ISPR statement added further.

The Trump administration feels it is time to try "something different" to prevent Pakistan from becoming a safe haven for terrorists as exercising patience or offering inducements have failed to deal with the problem threatening the region's stability, a top official said Monday.

Trump's administration last week announced the suspension of about $2 billion in security aid to nuclear-armed Pakistan - officially a USA ally - over accusations Islamabad is playing a double game in Afghanistan.

The US and others have long complained that Pakistan gives safe haven to the Afghan Taliban and their allies, the Haqqani network, allowing them to carry out cross-border attacks in Afghanistan.

"These sanctuaries really threaten stability in the region and they continue to fuel the overall terrorism problem that we're facing", he said. The intelligence apparatus of India and Afghanistan are also colluding in destabilizing Pakistan and sponsoring terrorist activities in different parts of the country.

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"[On the other hand] India is still active [in perpetrating terrorism] inside Pakistan ".

India has contributed a great deal in terms of developmental aid to Afghanistan, the Pentagon said today, adding that the U.S. wants to work with India in the region.

The US today hoped that Pakistan would demonstrate its willingness to aggressively confront terror groups that operate from its soil, amid reports that Islamabad has suspended intelligence cooperation with America after the Trump administration froze military aid to it.

According to the statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), General Bajwa received two telephone calls from General Joseph L. Votel and a US Senator over the weekend to discuss Pak-US security cooperation post the President Trump tweet.

Since Trump took office, there have been several drone strikes in Pakistan's border region but they have not so far gone deeper into Pakistani territory, though Islamabad believes that is on a menu of punitive actions the USA administration is considering.

"Today there is no such soldier or general, who has not fought this war (against terrorism) physically".

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