Pakistan still going easy on militants, claims US spy chief

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Published: February 13, 2018
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Coats told a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee that despite Washington's requests to do more, the Pakistan military is only trying to appear tougher against the Taliban and Haqqani militants. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Coats told a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee that despite Washington's requests to do more, the Pakistan military is only trying to appear tougher against the Taliban and Haqqani militants. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s military is holding back counter-terrorism cooperation with the United States while continuing to go easy on militant groups based in the country, US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said on Tuesday.

Coats told a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee that despite Washington’s requests to do more, the Pakistan military is only trying to appear tougher against the Taliban and Haqqani militants.

“Pakistan-based militant groups continue to take advantage of their safe haven to conduct attacks in India, in Afghanistan, and including US interests therein,” Coats claimed.

“Ongoing Pakistani military operations against the Taliban and associated groups probably reflect the desire to appear more proactive and responsive to our requests for more actions against these groups,” he added.

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However, actions taken thus far “do not reflect a significant escalation of pressure against these groups and are unlikely to have a lasting effect.”

Coats said that the US Treasury Department had announced terror designations in recent weeks on eight members of the Taliban, the Haqqani Group and other groups, aiming to boost pressure on the militants’ abilities to operate.

However, US intelligence agents believe that Islamabad “will maintain ties to these militants while restricting counter-terrorism cooperation with the United States”, he said.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • reality check
    Feb 14, 2018 - 5:34AM

    USA has a great system. Their military/intelligence elite has to come forward and give testimony under oath to American Congress … if they get caught in a lie they lose their job and get tossed in jail. Forget the PR stuff spouted by State Dept you want to know what people really think then pay attention to the testimony to Congress. Recommend

  • Raj
    Feb 14, 2018 - 8:46AM

    Very correct assessment by the US. Spot on. Appreciate it.Recommend

  • AW
    Feb 14, 2018 - 8:53AM

    Can someone please tell me how many attacks are carried out in India? What exactly US is defending here while giving safe havens to the terrorists in Afghanistan for attacks in Pakistan. Global politics is a complete mess in the name of terrorism. Recommend

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