CPEC will offer militants additional targets: US

Published: May 12, 2017
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Dan Coats. PHOTO: REUTERS

Dan Coats. PHOTO: REUTERS

The United States on Thursday claimed the emergence of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in Pakistan would allow terrorist groups more targets for attacks.

“The emerging China Pakistan Economic Corridor will probably offer militants and terrorists additional targets,” Daniel Coats, director of National Intelligence, told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing. Coats was testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence along with other top intelligence officials.

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‘Pakistan responsible for deteriorating ties’

The National Intelligence director also pointed fingers at Pakistan, stating the country was responsible for the deteriorating ties with its neighbour, India.

“Islamabad’s failure to curb support to anti-India militants and New Delhi’s growing intolerance of this policy, coupled with a perceived lack of progress in Pakistan’s investigations into the January 2016 Pathankot cross-border attack, set the stage for a deterioration of bilateral relations in 2016,” said Coats.

The US administration further warned that ties might become worse if another ‘high-profile’ terrorist attack originates from Pakistan and takes place on Indian soil.

Speaking further on India-Pakistan relations, Coats said, “Increasing numbers of firefights along the Line of Control, including the use of artillery and mortars, might exacerbate the risk of unintended escalation between these nuclear-armed neighbors.”

Coats also stated that Pakistan-base terrorist groups “will present a sustained threat to US interests in the region and continue to plan and conduct attacks in India and Afghanistan.” He suggested easing tension and renewed dialogue between the countries. Coats said these will hinge “on a sharp and sustained reduction of cross-border attacks by terrorist groups based in Pakistan and progress in the Pathankot investigation.”

‘Terrorist groups will focus on soft targets’

He, however, showed confidence in Pakistan stating that it “will probably be able to manage its internal security”, and that these groups will be focusing on soft targets.

“The groups we judge will pose the greatest threat to Pakistan’s internal security include Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, ISIS-K, Laskhar-e-Jhangvi, and Lashkar-e Jhangvi al-Alami”, he said further.

Coats also stated terrorist plots against the US homeland “will be
conducted on a more opportunistic basis or driven by individual members within these groups.”

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Coats also spoke about Pakistan’s nuclear weapons saying, “Pakistan’s pursuit of tactical nuclear weapons potentially lowers the threshold for their use.” He stated that early deployment during a crisis and more mobile nuclear weapons meant that systems would be outside the relative security of a storage site for a longer period of time. This would increase “the risk that a coordinated attack by non-state actors might succeed in capturing a complete nuclear weapon.”

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  • black sabbath
    May 12, 2017 - 11:40AM

    How illogical can Mr. Daniel Coats be. So Mr. Daniel stop making high rise towers ever again it may make USA vulnerable to more attacks…Recommend

  • salman
    May 12, 2017 - 11:41AM

    In other words, he is warning Pakistan than there will be more attacks on CPEC from Afghanistan side as we, India and afghanistan are fully coordinating it. Lets see how China and Pakistan will curb that and for now, we are doing good job. US is clearly in line with India to blame Pakistan for everything. So moving forward it will be US-India nexus against Pak-China friendship.Recommend

  • MAW
    May 12, 2017 - 11:58AM

    Blaming Pakistan while siding with India and Afghanistan no peace is possible rather it looks they all 3 are thinking otherwise about Pakistan who is/was always with USA when India was always with Russia’s side until yesterday. The world know it very well.Recommend

  • young marshal
    May 12, 2017 - 12:06PM

    Regular American rubbish. The jury shall disregard.Recommend

  • Zahra Malik
    May 12, 2017 - 12:15PM

    America and India just wanna stop CPEC work that’s way now American leader are in Indian fevers.Recommend

  • citizen26
    May 12, 2017 - 12:25PM

    What credibility these American officials carry after we have seen their similar testimonies on Iraq war on WMDs issue and then came Bashar in Syria and then we saw Daesh. All created propaganda and lies supported by Americans govt officials.
    Wondering how he forgot Jadhav just because USA didn’t trained and planned his activities I suppose.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    May 12, 2017 - 12:56PM

    Coats is full of doom and gloom. CPEC is less of a threat than the Military Corridor that US has to Afghanistan through Pakistan, where all so called militants have not caused any damage. The world can draw its own conclusions and the fact that Pakistan needs to stand on its own feet and show the world what is happening in Kashmir, which Coats could not see with his rose colored glasses, being the main reason for the tension and Modi anti-Muslim stance in his policies.Recommend

  • Abc
    May 12, 2017 - 1:06PM

    Keep crying US. CPEC will be completed along with a security block of China, Russia, Pakistan and Iran. US can ally with countries like Afghanistan and IndiaRecommend

  • khan
    May 12, 2017 - 1:29PM

    If US leave the region then militancy will automatically decrease. Recommend

  • Dr. Priyanka
    May 12, 2017 - 1:33PM

    US intelligence warn that terror outfits inside Pakistan are planning large-scale attacks on India and Afghanistan in the near future. The response this time from India will not be as tolerant as before. I just hope that they stop playing these games.Recommend

  • abdul majid
    May 12, 2017 - 1:41PM

    These veiled threats from the US have resulted in terrorism in Pak before. it’s high time the leadership realise the only way to gain security is to have a Monroe Doctrine for PK – eject America from the country and the region.Recommend

  • kamal
    May 12, 2017 - 1:49PM

    The more unfair and unwarranted and openly biased the treatment by the USA of Pakistan vis a vis India, the more the USA will lose control of the region. I think ties have reached an absolute bottom with the USA and we should be prepared to choose clear sides and part with the older skin, despite the difficulties it causes. Whatever the US says re India vs Pakistan is a lie, outright shameless and fiction. Recommend

  • Dr Shahida Wizarat
    May 12, 2017 - 1:51PM

    CPEC is not just about providing infrastructure to Pakistan, it is also about changing the international economic order. The present order is a permanent arms economy, when arms producing rich countries trigger conflicts to fight recessions in their countries. China is negating the present order by providing infrastructure in other countries in order to fight downturn in economic activity in China and the host country.That is why there is so much opposition to CPEC by arms producing rich countries. That is why the US is pitting Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and India against each other by forming the alliance against terrorism. Actually Pakistan and Iran will both be targets. This is in line with the CIA Global Trends 2015 agenda of a united Baluchistan made up of Iranian and Pakistani Baluchistan. And no body will come to our rescue as we will be seen as a US protégé.Recommend

  • khaaki banda
    May 12, 2017 - 2:03PM

    Americanos know that they are dsturbing the balance in this region. There are 13 groups / movemets in Afghanistan which Americanos take as there enemies or the enemies of the state of USA. China and Russia already knows the deaigns of India and America in Afghanistan.
    Indian should clearly read message of General Joseph Votel, US Central Commander. General at hearing before Senate Armed Services Committee said that India’s public policy to ‘diplomatically isolate’ Pakistan hinders any prospects for improved relations between two nations. It is not obvious that USA and International community now understand whining habits of India to blame Pakistan for every evils including freedom fighting movement in Kashmir under disguise of terrorism.
    As far as Americanos (friends) are concerned, please understand that you’ve already earned a lot of disrespect all over the globeRecommend

  • Muhammad Ramzan Malik
    May 12, 2017 - 2:09PM

    This is now future policy of USA for Pakistan after CPEC. They are telling very clearly to Pakistan that they will hit soft targets through TTP, Jamat-ul-Ahrar, Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi as these groups are operated under USA and India in our region (as per statement of Indian Security Adviser Ajit Doval available on youtube). Pakistani nation and all Political and Defence Leaders must shun their differences and devise a robust future strategy to safe our beloved home land PAKISTAN and CPEC. Recommend

  • pakistani
    May 12, 2017 - 2:16PM

    this statement should set of alarm bells in china and Pakistan.its Unfortunate that the west which has always seen Pakistan as a a disposable asset without liability is also not ready to see this country prosper.
    The fast changing global political and military allegiances has now once again made the nation sates/borders more important than ever before which seems to be heading for a global purge.Recommend

  • Fareed
    May 12, 2017 - 2:22PM

    A typical load of rubbish by this American congressman .Gone are the days when you could tell us what to do .
    We will deal with any terror attack like we have been doing it for so many years .We know the players India and Afghanistan Recommend

  • Sadia Hasni
    May 12, 2017 - 4:01PM

    You made me accept that Donald Trumps comments about US intelligence is totally correctRecommend

  • Nasir Ayat
    May 12, 2017 - 4:41PM

    @Dr. Priyanka:
    Priyanka first of all Pakistan never support any terrorist activity in the region infect Pakistan itself is facing this menace at this very time when we are putting this Jinny of terrorism in a bottle through “Raddul fasad” our neighbor countries should support us if they are also getting effected by terrorism.It would have negative repercussions on the efforts to control or vanish intolerance and terrorism in the community if our neighbors will not stand with us at least morally. This is not the time for scoring. We know we have disputed territories and we will resolve them through dialogue rather than force as we must understand that we cannot be isolated for rest of our life. we should have to behave like serious countries. Trust me India and Pakistan issues are like family maters and we should not allow “others” to poke their nose in it. I can still recall the wording of Nehru ” Rather than giving Kashmir to any other state i would love to present that to Pakistan in plate.Lets join hands to tackle this joint enemy of terrorism.Recommend

  • Abrar R
    May 12, 2017 - 5:08PM

    What he’s saying basically is that CIA will now target the CPEC and blame it on the terrorists. Prolly they r still confused over the cover name they r gonna use. TTP or alQaeda? Recommend

  • Waseem Sarwar
    May 12, 2017 - 5:09PM

    So should we stop building roads and power plants because terrorists will attempt to attack them? US’s objection towards Pakistan’s India policy are irrelevant. Recommend

  • Just_someone
    May 12, 2017 - 5:37PM

    A republican hick from Indiana appointed by Trump.
    What else do you expect?Recommend

  • cautious
    May 12, 2017 - 5:49PM

    If CPEC isn’t providing additional targets then why is Pakistan spending so much money trying to protect it? Of course CPEC provides additional targets – just because the American’s are stating it doesn’t make it incorrect. Recommend

  • FAZ
    May 12, 2017 - 6:13PM

    In short he is saying that US is engaging in covert operations inside Pakistan to destabilize it so that CPEC doesn’t become a success story. Recommend

  • Mohammed Mirza
    May 12, 2017 - 6:32PM

    what rubbish is he saying!!!Recommend

  • Hassnain
    May 12, 2017 - 6:42PM

    @Dr. Priyanka:
    I think you people are educated mental as you don’t dare to watch Kalboshan yadev video. That is a big slap on your face.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    May 12, 2017 - 9:12PM

    Pakistan helps China take a stronger hold on global markets & US gets annoyed. No surprises there. The problem is that now US need to prop someone against China .. Russia is out of question and there is no country big enough to lock horns with China in south Asia. That’s opportunity for India, so India starts to get cozy with US and US having no other options agrees to throw ball around to keep things moving.

    I won’t worry about anything just yet.Recommend

  • Billa
    May 12, 2017 - 9:44PM

    We know mr. Senator CEPEC is giving major stomach ache to some in the world. We don’t care.Recommend

  • Ammar
    May 13, 2017 - 12:35PM

    He is basically inviting these US bred terrorists to target CPEC projects.Recommend

  • Pakistani bloach
    May 13, 2017 - 7:45PM

    America is desperate to influence pakistan which is getting out of american influence slowly and steadily. Pakistan has realised its the real target of americans and westerns and to hurt it they have hired india and afghanistan. they just cant see pakistan breaking the shackels so first they tried it isolate economicly and spread terrorisem to dry investment and now when they china investing billions they have strated blackmailing pakistan openly. Recommend

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