The United States National Security Advisor H R McMaster stated that Pakistan is a country with tremendous human – economic potential and does not wish to see it turn into a pariah state like North Korea that uses its nuclear weapons as a leverage.
In an interview with Voice of America, McMaster remarked that the US President is frustrated with Pakistan’s double standards while targeting terrorists.
“Pakistan continues to provide support for terrorist groups as an arm of their foreign policy and targets them selectively,” he said.
McMaster even shed light on how Donald Trump has great sympathy towards the Pakistani people because they have suffered the most in the fight against terror. He appealed to the Pakistani government to target terrorist outfits less selectively as he recalled the horrendous attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar two years ago.
“This is 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 stabilise Afghanistan,” he further added.
The NSA relayed his annoyance over how the Pakistani government continues to provide safe havens to the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network.
In response to a question about using its nuclear weapons to ‘blackmail’ the US, the NSA said that he couldn’t imagine a Pakistani leader using nuclear weapons to extort or for blackmail.
Earlier this week, the Pakistan Foreign Office summoned US Ambassador David Hale on Monday night and lodged its protest against US President Donald Trump’s tweet wherein he accused Pakistan of “lies and deceit.”
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua sought an explanation from the ambassador over the American president’s tweet.