Pakistan's premier, military to meet to respond to Trump's censure

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 25, 2017

Trump squarely blamed growing terrorism and militancy in Afghanistan on Pakistan, urging Islamabad to act swiftly against terrorists and safe havens inside its country.

That was not the message Trump got from his chief military advisers, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, national security adviser H.R. McMasters and White House chief of staff John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, when they gathered at Camp David last Friday to lay out the president's war plan. Trump's remarks provoked hurt and outrage among many.

Mushahid Hussain, chairman of the senate defense committee, also said on Thursday, "We feel the American administration led by Mr. Trump has been totally one-sided, unfair to Pakistan and does not appreciate and recognize Pakistan has been a pivotal the campaign against terrorism". "It is time to begin a process, a lengthy process, of reconciliation and a peace accord in Afghanistan", he said.

Pakistan estimates there have been 70,000 casualties in militant attacks since it joined the U.S. operation against militants after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

ABC News learned from the unnamed USA officials that Defense Secretary James Mattis has not yet signed any orders to send more troops to Afghanistan.

In a terse reaction to Trump's remarks, the Foreign Office advised the U.S. to work with Pakistan to eradicate terrorism "instead of relying on the false narrative of safe havens".

President Donald Trump's newly unveiled Afghanistan strategy is meant to pressure the Taliban to the negotiating table by making clear there's no way to win on the battlefield, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday.

Beijing has its own security concerns in the region, in particular any links between militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Islamist groups China blames for violence in its far western region of Xinjiang.

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The United States would do well to review its existing programs of military assistance to foreign countries like Pakistan, which have a known historical reputation for fanning terrorism and insurgency in the South Asian neighborhood, an expert on the region has said.

"Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan". It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists ...

Washington's new strategy on Afghanistan indicates that the war in this South Asian country will show no sign of abating and that the Taliban will expand their clout, an Afghan military expert told Sputnik.

President Trump has listened to strong recommendations from his national security team and has engaged them in deep and thoughtful discussions, he said.

General John Nicholson said in the Afghan capital, Kabul that Trump's policy for Afghanistan and South Asia was also proof of the global community's determination to see a stable and peaceful Afghanistan.

"Essentially, without committing to troop levels or timelines, President Trump has said our strategy is to outlast the Taliban and other terrorist groups, and to only leave Afghanistan once the Afghan government and its armed forces can maintain control of the country". And the Chinese-funded port of Gwadar gives Beijing a deep-sea port in the Arabian Sea, close to mutual rival India-with whom China is now engaged in a Himalayan-border dispute. We recognise that we have many common interests with Pakistan and common enemies. Both sides, however, deny such an allegation.

Others noted that Pakistanis have bigger problems than even Trump or militants.

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