US wants full cooperation from Pakistan in war against terror, says NSA Bolton

John Bolton, Assistant to the President of United States for National Security Affairs (NSA) |(File Pic)

The US wants Islamabad to cooperate fully in the war against terrorism as it is a matter of “extraordinary importance” to America, President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Monday.

During his visit to Islamabad last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had pressed the new Pakistani government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan ‘to do more’ to rein in terror groups operating from the country’s soil.

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The Trump administration recently cancelled $300 million in military aid to Islamabad after it failed to take actions against terror groups.

“He (Pompeo) wanted to convey the message that we hoped and expected that Pakistan would cooperate fully in the war against terrorism, which they had committed to do,” Bolton said in Washington on Monday.

It (action against terrorists) is a matter of “extraordinary importance to the US” and the one that it hopes the new Pakistan government addresses, he said in response to a question at the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, the Press Trust of India reported.

“It was before my time, but the Trump administration did not take the decision to cancel a substantial part of the military aid package to Pakistan lightly.

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“It was done knowing well that Pakistan is a nuclear weapons state, and the risk that the government could fall into the hands of terrorists that would get control of those nuclear weapons was particularly serious,” Bolton said.

Early this year, Trump had ordered suspension of all military aid to Pakistan arguing that it has failed to take satisfactory actions against terrorist groups.

“But it’s a serious problem on the subcontinent and I hope it’s one that the new government of Pakistan addresses, because this terrorist threat is a threat, I think, to the majority opinion to the people in Pakistan, not to the terrorists and not to some of their supporters in the military and elsewhere,” Bolton added.

 

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