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It's time to end Pakistan's double game, says former US envoy

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

A former top American

who served as the US to Afghanistan, and the UN

today suggested a series of steps against including slapping sanctions against the spy agency and unilateral strikes inside its territory to end Islamabad's double game.

Afghan-born who has emerged as one of the of and has accused it of being a state sponsor of made the remarks ahead of the announcement of actions to pressurise

In an op-ed in magazine, he recommended taking a series of steps against Pakistan to end its double game including slapping sanctions against and individuals who are involved in supporting insurgents and terrorists; and undertake unilateral strikes inside Pakistani territory.

"Prepare to designate Pakistan as a state sponsor of unless it changes course and abandons support for terrorists. Such a designation will impose ongoing restrictions to assistance, bans on defense exports and sales, limitations on exports of dual use items, and other financial restrictions," Khalilzad said.

The former who hosted Trump as the candidate for his first major foreign policy speech called for suspension of economic assistance to Pakistan, holding Pakistan accountable before regional and international organizations in association with and

He also suggested reaching out to the people of Pakistan and document its support for terrorists and extremists.

"Patience, positive incentives, and occasional feeble pressure have not induced Pakistan to end its double game. Yet, success against and extremism in and the region requires a change in Pakistans policy of support for such groups," he said.

"To bring about such a change, the time has come to embrace a strategy that dramatically increase the cost to Pakistan of its current approach," Khalilzad said.

A day earlier, the had said it would announce specific actions against Pakistan this week to force it to crackdown on terrorists on its soil, reflecting Donald Trump's tough stance against over the issue.

The remarks by came after Trump accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists in return for $33 billion aid over the last 15 years.

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First Published: Thu, January 04 2018. 21:05 IST