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Pakistan use terrorism as foreign policy tool: McMaster

Pakistan use terrorism as foreign policy tool: McMaster

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Jan 04, 2018 - 14:00

KABUL (Pajhwok): US National Security Advisor McMaster has said Washington wanted to convey to Pakistan that relationship between the two countries could no longer bear the weight of contradictions.

Speaking on President Trump new-year tweet, McMaster said Trump was frustrated at Pakistan’s behavior in that it continued to provide support for these groups, the Pakistanis went after terrorist insurgent groups, really, very selectively, and used others as an arm of their foreign policy.

The US security advisor said this was not a blame game, as some would say. “This is really our effort to communicate clearly to Pakistan that our relationship can no longer bear the weight of contradictions, and that we have to really begin now to work together to stabilize Afghanistan.”

He added in a way, that would be a huge benefit to Pakistan, as well. “What’s frustrating at times is we see Pakistan operating against the interests of its own people by going after these groups only selectively, by providing safe havens and support bases for Taliban and Haqqani network leadership that operate out of Pakistan as they perpetuate hell in portions of Pakistan and in Afghanistan.”

McMaster said the Pakistanis were upset when the US wanted know how the money was going to be spent while recalling his trip some years back to Pakistan when Hillary Clinton was secretary of State.

The US then offered Pakistan $7 billion aid package. “They were very upset. So, you have that incredible sort of disconnect that did not seem to me to be outrageous that we’d want to know how our money was going to be spent. On the other hand, when you don’t give money to these countries, someone else steps in, so that’s the risk,” he said.

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