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US Top Official Cracks Down On Pakistan, Says ISI Has Links With Terror Groups

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| October 4 , 2017 , 13:59 IST

A top US official has confirmed India's long argued claim that Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) has links with terror organisations and has its own foreign policy.

According to 'The Hill', US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford in his testimony at the Senate hearing on Tuesday said, "It is clear to me that the [Inter-Services Intelligence] has connections with terrorist groups."

On the other hand, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said that Pakistani Intelligence seems to be running its own policy.

The crackdown of Pakistan comes days after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, which the international terrorist organisation Islamic States (IS) claimed responsibility for.

Slamming the Pakistani intelligence, Mattis said, "We've seen the government of Pakistan come down on terrorists when the ISI appears to run its own policy."

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He also suggested that the administration might consider taking away Pakistan's status of a major non-NATO ally if they don't react to the rising terrorism immediately.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has denied the US' allegations.

However, Matttis said, of course, Pakistan continues to deny that there is any state or institutional support for these terrorists, but the US isn't buying that falsehood.

"We have seen havens left to the terrorists' own devices. We have seen the government of Pakistan come down on terrorism, while ISI appears to run its own foreign policy," said the Defence Secretary.

India and Afghanistan have also been accusing the country of harbouring terrorism on its land.

The Trump administration's attack on Pakistan comes mere hours before Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif reached Washington for a three-day visit, during which he is scheduled to meet Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser H R McMaster.