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US strategy to change Pakistan’s behavior fails: MPs

US strategy to change Pakistan’s behavior fails: MPs

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Dec 05, 2017 - 17:40

KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Meshrano Jirga members on Tuesday said the new US strategy has failed to pressurize Pakistan into shunning support for terrorist outfits.

The upper house members said Pakistan’s policy regarding support to extremist elements had not changed after the announcement of the US strategy on Afghanistan.

Announcing his strategy for South Asia last summer, US President Donald Trump said foreign forces would stay in Afghanistan and the US and NATO were committed to sending more troops.

Trump had said his country would no more remain silent over terrorists safe havens in Pakistan.

In line with the new strategy, the number of US forces jumped from 11,000 service members to 14,000 personnel.

Lawmaker Najiba Hussaini told today’s upper house session that the required pressure had not been put on Pakistan to change its terror friendly policy as three months had passed since the US announced its new strategy.

She alleged Islamabad still supported terrorist groups and the international community should list Pakistan as a terrorist sponsoring state.

Lawmaker Zalmai Zabuli said: “The verbal pressure of the US on Pakistan was meant to deceive Afghanistan. Many US officials had confirmed that terrorist sanctuaries exist in Pakistan, if the US really wants to pressure Pakistan, it should enlist the country as terror state and impose sanctions.”

Chairman Senate Fazal Hadi Muslimyar termed the Afghan government’s strategy against Pakistan as successful.

He said Kabul should not allow Islamabad to exploit global conferences on the Afghan peace process.

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