Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Pakistan 'must do more' against Taliban: US vice-president

Pakistan 'must do more' against Taliban: US vice-president

Abbasi, who was on a personal trip to see his ailing sister in the US, met Pence at the US Naval Observatory, the vice president's official residence.

The warning, given at a news briefing yesterday, followed the meeting between US Vice President Mike Pence and Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Pakistani daily Dawn reported. The meeting was held yesterday at the request of Abbasi.

The US vice president also suggested that Islamabad should work closely with Washington.

He also met other U.S. officials and Congressman Ted Yoho, who heads the House foreign relations subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, was updating reporters with his assessment of Pakistan's efforts to counter the militants since Trump announced last year he would withhold $2 billion a year in military aid unless Islamabad takes more vigorous action. The officials also warned the Pakistan that they can take own measures if no action against terrorists groups will be taken by South-Asian Islamic country.

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Earlier on March 16, a senior USA official told reporters that Pakistan is doing the "bare minimum" needed to address US demands that it stop the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network from operating within its borders.

Prior to Janjua's visit, on the same day, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Alice Wells had said they could be in the beginning of a process with the Pakistani government. "We had a good discussion on all the issues concerning the US-Pakistan relationship", Congressman Sherman said.

The Trump administration has repeatedly stated that Pakistan must take action against all terrorists, the official had said, including those targeting India such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad.

"It's Pakistan's choice in which direction it wants to take the future of the relationship", the official said adding that the United States was still engaging Pakistani leaders and wanted to address some of Islamabad's concerns. "But we have not seen them taking pro-active actions against terrorist groups which they are capable of".

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