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Trump admin trying something new to deal with Pak: Official

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The feels it is time to try "something different" to prevent from becoming a safe haven for terrorists as exercising patience or offering inducements have failed to deal with the problem threatening the region's stability, a top said today.

The remarks by the came days after the Trump administration suspended approximately USD 2 billion in security assistance to Pakistan, resulting in an outrage from

in a tweet accused the country of giving nothing to the US but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists in return for USD 33 billion aid over the last 15 years.

The said policies followed by the successive US administrations post 9/11 vis-a-vis have not worked.

The US is committed to not allowing either or to become a safe haven for terrorists from where they can attack and its allies, said the senior Trump administration on condition of anonymity.

"These sanctuaries really threaten stability in the region and they continue to fuel the overall terrorism problem that we're facing," the said.

The "previous administrations have tried to exercise what they might call strategic patience or offering inducements like Kerry-Lugar-Berman bill which gave billions of dollars to Pakistan", the said, adding none of it has worked so far.

In 2009, the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act (KLB), also known as the with Act of 2009, is passed and authorised tripling of the economic-related assistance to to USD 7.5 billion over five years, from the period of 2010 to 2014.

Terrorists continue to operate freely inside and there is a relationship between terrorist organisations and the establishment, the said.

"This administration believes it's time to try something different. We simply can't ignore the sanctuaries if we're going to make progress in Afghanistan," the said, adding that "the has been clear about his commitment to stabilising Afghanistan".

On Trump's comprehensive strategy for regional diplomacy announced in August last year, the said, "It looked at relations, encouraging better ties between the two countries and reducing tensions between them".

In August, while unveiling his new strategy, Trump had accused of giving "safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror," and said the time had come "for to demonstrate its commitment to civilisation, order, and to peace".

The said the Trump's new policy was not about looking at through the lens of Afghanistan, but it was about looking at the region and the future of the US.

"9/11 attacks you know had their roots in this region. We've invested a lot of blood and treasure in We are committed to not allowing the to dominate and we are committed to not allowing or to become a safe haven from which terrorists can attack the US and its allies," the said.

"So, I wouldn't classify it is looking at through the lens. I think that's too narrow of a viewpoint. I think this is about the region and the future of the region. And the fact that these continued sanctuaries really threaten stability in the region and they continue to fuel the overall terrorism problem that we're facing," the added.

The US and others have long complained that gives safe haven to the Afghan and their allies, the Haqqani network, allowing them to carry out cross-border attacks in denies these allegations but Trump has escalated the criticism against since he took office.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 11:25 IST
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