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'Pak is more of a threat than ally, still a sanctuary for Taliban, Haqqani'

Think tank adds, Trump must make it clear that Pak will face sanctions if it support terror groups

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

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is still a sanctuary for the and the network and more of a threat than an ally, a US think tank has said, while asserting that the Trump administration should make it clear to that it will face sanctions if it continues to support the

"is currently doing badly both in the fighting and in its civilian politics, governance, and poverty. is still a sanctuary for the and network and more of a threat than an ally," the Center for Strategic and Studies (CSIS) said in a report released on Monday.

Authored by Anthony H Cordesman, CSIS's Arleigh A Burke, Chair in Strategy, the report said there has to be a better strategy and a better approach to both the military and civil dimensions of the war to provide a reason to stay.

"No commitment should be open ended. The Afghans have to do far more, and do it far better, to justify each future year of US commitment," the report said.

"The United States should make it clear to that it faces a total end to aid, and the imposition of sanctions if it continues to support the and tolerate the network," it said.

Russia should be told that any end to US sanctions will depend on it not supporting the Taliban, and the Unites States should reach out to China to make it clear that Chinese cooperation in dealing with and can serve both Chinese and American interests, the report said.

CSIS said the US should make it totally clear that it will conduct a public annual review of its commitments to and the Afghan performance.

"It should make it clear that it can and will leave in the face of Afghan failure. If necessary, the United States should make good on such a threat," it said.

"It should send a clear message to all 'partner states' that they must meet reasonable standards of performance. The United States should never bully its allies, but it also should not be bullied or let nations slip into the kind of overdependence that ultimately undermines rather than aids them," the CSIS said.

First Published: Tue, June 06 2017. 15:45 IST