LeT key irritant in Pakistan-India relations: US intelligence official

Published: February 27, 2015
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Clapper says PM Nawaz's pledges to tackle energy, economic, security issues fell short of high public expectations. PHOTO COURTESY: TELEGRAPH

Clapper says PM Nawaz's pledges to tackle energy, economic, security issues fell short of high public expectations. PHOTO COURTESY: TELEGRAPH

Pakistan’s provision of safe havens to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) will continue to be a key irritant in relations with India,  Director of US National Intelligence James Clapper claimed in his testimony on “World Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community”.

Presenting the report in a hearing of the United States Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday,  Clapper said  in 2015, the Pakistani government will probably focus on diminishing the capabilities of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), which claimed the attack on a school in December – leaving over a 100 children dead.

On relations with Afghanistan, the testimony said, “We judge that Pakistan will aim to establish positive rapport with the new Afghan government, but longstanding distrust and unresolved disputes between the countries will prevent substantial progress.”

Clapper also commented on the progress made by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government in addressing local issues.

He said the premier’s pledges to tackle energy, economic and security issues in the country fell short of high public expectations.

“The premier’s standing weakened when he reportedly sought the Army’s assistance to handle the protracted opposition protests in the second half of 2014, ” he added.

Speaking about the economic reforms in Pakistan, Clapper said undertaking energy and economic reforms in the future will not be devoid of challenges and is likely to face opposition from the popular and political fronts.

“Pakistan will probably continue to implement some economic reforms,” he further said.

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  • Nazir
    Feb 27, 2015 - 10:00PM

    There can be no compromise on LeT and other Mujahideen as far as Pakistan is concerned. The Mujahideen are there to fulfil the destiny of Pakistan to be the sole national political entity in South Asia, as the prophecy of Huzoor (S.A.W.) has stated. We want peace but not at the cost of fulfilling Pakistan’s ultimate and eventual destiny, that of the Sabz Hilali Parcham flying atop Lal Qila.Recommend

  • Gp65
    Feb 27, 2015 - 10:17PM

    @Nazir:
    I hope that you were being sarcastic.Recommend

  • Muslim
    Feb 27, 2015 - 11:01PM

    @Gp65:
    Me tooRecommend

  • someone
    Feb 28, 2015 - 2:32AM

    @Nazir:
    You cracked me up boy. I wonder if Pakistan itself would remain an entity in present from in next decade, forget about as a single entity in south Asia.Recommend

  • Baloch
    Feb 28, 2015 - 10:47AM

    @someone:
    Don’t u worry about Pakistan ……if u think Balochistan would separate from Pakistan then FYI 50% of the Balochistan pop is Pakhtun ,out of the other 50% only those who r trained in Indian consulates in Afghanistan fight against us……as fr India ….ur on the Internet search fr ‘red corridor’…..Recommend

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