In its report, the Pentagon named terror teams equivalent to Lashkar-e-Taiba and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.
Washington: The US will take “unilateral steps in areas of divergence” with Pakistan in its struggle in opposition to terrorism, the Pentagon advised Congress and insisted that there should be “basic change” in the best way Islamabad offers with terrorist secure havens on its territory.
In its first report on Afghanistan to Congress after President Donald Trump introduced his new Afghan and South Asia technique, the Pentagon stated it will likely be part of a whole-government, regional technique to isolate the Taliban from “sources of exterior assist” and to mitigate any malign affect from outdoors actors.
“Our military-to-military relationship with Pakistan stays vital to the success of our mutual pursuits within the area,” stated the semiannual report titled ‘Enhancing Safety and Stability in Afghanistan’ that covers occasions in the course of the interval from June 1 to November 30 this 12 months.
“To maneuver ahead, we should see basic adjustments in the best way Pakistan offers with terrorist safe-havens in its territory,” the report stated.
“To induce that change, we are going to work throughout the US authorities, utilizing a spread of instruments to develop our cooperation with Pakistan in areas the place our pursuits converge and to take unilateral steps in areas of divergence,” it stated.
The Af-Pak border area stays a sanctuary for varied teams, together with al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda within the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), the Haqqani Community, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), ISIS-Okay, and the Islamic Motion of Uzbekistan, it stated.
“Sanctuary on the Pakistani facet and presence on the Afghan facet stay safety challenges for each international locations and pose a risk to regional safety and stability,” the division of defence stated.
Though Pakistani navy operations have disrupted some terrorist sanctuaries, sure extremist teams – such because the Taliban and the Haqqani Community – retain freedom of motion in Pakistan, it stated.
“The USA continues to convey to all ranges of Pakistani management the significance of taking motion in opposition to all terrorist and extremist teams,” the Pentagon stated.
Elevated collaboration between Afghanistan and Pakistan is vital to sustaining stress on terrorist teams and for assembly the enduring safety necessities on each side of the shared border, it stated.
“The belief deficit ensuing from Pakistan’s assist of and inaction in opposition to Afghan-oriented extremists, and Pakistan’s issues about terrorist assaults launched from Afghanistan, hampers the bilateral navy collaboration required to attain enduring safety,” the Pentagon stated.
In accordance with the report, the hard-won beneficial properties in Afghanistan stay fragile, however are value defending.
Beneath the brand new technique, US diplomatic, navy, and financial sources are aligned in assist of a negotiated settlement to this long-running conflict.
“Now we have recommitted to serving to the Afghan authorities and other people navigate by these challenges with a brand new strategy that leverages further assist from allies, companions, and regional actors,” it stated.
“Our dedication is enduring however not limitless, our assist isn’t a clean examine. So long as the Afghan authorities continues to point out actual progress and make actual reforms, we are going to proceed to assist them as our strategic companions within the struggle in opposition to worldwide terrorism,” the report stated.
“The Taliban can not win on the battlefield. They have to know that their solely path to peace and political legitimacy is thru a negotiated settlement with the Afghan authorities,” it asserted.