Seeing Positive Indicators From Pakistan In Action On Terrorism, But Aid Freeze To Continue: US

| February 28 , 2018 , 13:38 IST

Pakistan, faced with pressure from the international community, and having its security aid by the US suspended over its perceived inaction against safe havens for terrorists on its soil, has begun taking action, but is unlikely to receive financial aid from the US in the near future. 

Commander of the US Central Command General Joseph Votel, on Wednesday, addressed members of the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding the future of the freeze of American security assistance to Pakistan, saying that while there were positive indicators, the freeze would continue.

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"They have taken a number of measures to address terrorism within their borders," General Votel said, adding that the US has started to see an increase in communication, information sharing and actions on the ground in Pakistan in response to specific US requests.

Pakistan also took action against groups designated as terrorists by the UN.

"These are positive indicators, however, ongoing national counter-terrorism efforts against anti-Pakistan militants throughout the country have not yet translated into the definitive actions we require Pakistan to take against Afghan Taliban or Haqqani leaders," said the General.

"I think what is also working right now is the approach that we have in place with them. I think we have tried to be very clear in terms of the things that we Pakistan to do for us. And what I have endeavoured to do -- not always in a public way, but in a private way -- is develop a relationship that allows us to provide feedback both ways," he said.

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"This problem is compounded by increasing cross-border terrorist attacks and fires between Pakistan and Afghanistan, which hinders both countries abilities to coordinate on border security," Votel said.

Since 2002, Pakistan has been one of the largest recipients of US provided Foreign Military Financing (FMF) and International Military Education and Training (IMET), he said.

General Votel cited the pressure put on Pakistan by the Trump administration as having a role in the recent positive response from Islamabad.