Pakistan has to decide if they want to work with US: Alice Wells

Senior US diplomat says Washington looks forward to seeing practical steps from Islamabad

Reuters October 28, 2017
Alice Wells says Washington looks forward to seeing practical steps from Pakistan over the next few weeks and months. PHOTO: FILE

WASHINGTON:: The United States wants Pakistan to move quickly to show good faith in supporting efforts to counter militants operating in Afghanistan and in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, a senior US diplomat for South Asia Alice Wells said on Friday.

Speaking after accompanying US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on a visit to the region, including Pakistan, Wells said Washington looked forward to seeing practical steps from Pakistan “over the next few weeks and months.”

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“The secretary stressed the importance of Pakistan moving quickly to demonstrate good faith and efforts to use its influence to create the conditions that will get the Taliban to the negotiating table,” Wells, the acting assistant secretary of state for South Asia, told reporters.

She said Washington wanted Pakistan to show the same commitment it had made to defeat militant groups domestically to those threatening Afghanistan or India.

“It’s up to them whether or not they want to work with us,” Wells said. “And if they don’t ... then we’ll adjust accordingly.”

Wells declined to elaborate on what action the United States might take or what specific actions it wanted Pakistan to take.

Relations between uneasy allies US and Pakistan have frayed in recent years, with Washington repeatedly accusing Islamabad of helping Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network militants who stage attacks in Afghanistan. Pakistan denies doing so.

US President Donald Trump has vowed to get tough with Pakistan unless it changed its behaviour, with US officials threatening further reductions in aid and mooting targeted sanctions against Pakistani officials.

On Monday, during a visit to Kabul, Tillerson urged Pakistan to act against safe havens on its soil.

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“Pakistan needs to, I think, take a clear-eyed view of the situation that they are confronted with in terms of the number of terrorist organisations that find safe haven inside of Pakistan,” he said.

Pakistani officials bristle at the idea that the country is not doing enough against militants and say Pakistan has suffered more than 60,000 casualties in the war on terror since the September 11 attacks in the US in 2001.



Rex Minor | 4 years ago | Reply The Trumpers should jump over their on shados and accept the emerging multipolar world order or be pushed back into history. The time of others doing the cleaning work for the great America is long gone and is the reward to Washington for going alone and making Amrica big again. Rex Minor
PakSal | 4 years ago | Reply Desperate times for US, trying their best to get Pakistan's help in getting Taliban to negotiating table LOL ... but too arrogant to accept defeat ... but the world esp Pakistan knows it :)
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