Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Destroy terror 'safe havens' or else USA will: Central Intelligence Agency tells Pakistan

Destroy terror 'safe havens' or else USA will: Central Intelligence Agency tells Pakistan

This was concluded at the 206th Corps Commanders ' Conference held in Rawalpindi with army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in the chair.

A day before Mattis arrived in Islamabad; the Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo had warned Pakistan that if it did not eliminate the alleged safe havens inside its territory, the USA would do everything they could to destroy them. "We want peace in Afghanistan".

Citing the United States war in Afghanistan has taken a big toll on Pakistan, Asif said stability in the region is key to prosperity.

Pakistan and the US have been at odds over Pakistan's counter-terrorism strategies near the Afghan border and, hence, the US has no plans of lifting the freeze on coalition funds for Pakistan, US officials stated on Tuesday.

Pakistan has consistently rejected claims it supports Taliban-allied forces, insisting it maintains contacts with insurgents only as a means to bring them to the table for peace talks.

Mattis recognised Pakistan's sacrifices in the war against terrorism.

Talking about Pakistan's present state of relations with the USA, he said "the U.S. needs to see our position through the prism of bilateral relations and not through the prism of Afghanistan".

"The COAS [chief of army staff] took the forum on board about his military diplomacy through his recent visits overseas and interaction with foreign dignitaries visiting Pakistan", said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

But Mattis's comments were in contrast to more strident language from the Central Intelligence Agency chief at a security forum last weekend. "In the absence of the Pakistanis achieving that, we are going to do everything we can to make sure that that safe haven no longer exists", he said.

President Donald Trump first signalled that the U.S. was reassessing its fractious relations with Pakistan in August when he accused Islamabad of harbouring "agents of chaos". The impasse showed no signs of easing up even after Defence Secretary James Mattis visited Islamabad on Monday. His fierce criticism sparked anti-US protests in Islamabad.

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