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US hopes Pakistan will turn over the terrorists

US hopes Pakistan will turn over the terrorists

Jan 12, 2018 - 10:49

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Trump Administration on Thursday hoped that Pakistan would do the right thing and turn over the terrorists and honor its commitment to it.

“I have feeling, I am hopeful that Pakistan will do the right thing and turn over the terrorists and honor their commitment,” Steven Goldstein, the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs told reporters at a news conference here.

Goldstein said the US has so far not heard from Pakistan on its reported decision to suspend its military and intelligence cooperation with it in retaliation of the Trump Administration’s decision to freeze all its security assistance.

“We would hope that Pakistan would come to the table and that they would turn over those terrorists that we have asked be turned over. We’ve indicated very clearly that we believe that can happen,” Goldstein said.

The United States, he said, has only suspended the aid; and the money has not been reallocated.

“So now it is the job of Pakistan to take seriously their commitment to us, and most importantly to the people of Pakistan who would most be hurt by this, by any terrorist activity, and come forward. So, our position hasn’t changed. They have not yet come forward,” Goldstein said.

The Pentagon said that Pakistan has the ability to address terrorist threat inside the country. “We believe that Pakistan has the ability to address this threat,” the Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana White told reporters at a news conference.

“This is an opportunity for them to take decisive action, and we look forward to working with them to encourage them to do so,” White said in response to a question on recent development on Us-Pak relations front.

Responding to a question, she also said that India has contributed a great deal in terms of developmental aid in Afghanistan.

“We're excited about the opportunities for India to participate in the South Asia Strategy, and how we secure that region. They're an important player and in 2018 we look forward to doing more with them,” White said.