America’s Strong Message To Pakistan On Terrorism
Washington (DC): The US National Security Adviser HR McMaster during his visit in Afghanistan said that the Pakistani leaders have to use diplomacy instead of violence for their best interest in Afghanistan. He met with Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Sunday.
“As all of us have hoped for many, many years, we have hoped that Pakistani leaders will understand that it is in their interest to go after groups less selectively than they have in the past and the best way to pursue their interest in Afghanistan and elsewhere is through diplomacy and not through the use of proxies that engage in violence,” McMaster said.
The US stand has remained the same when it came to Pakistan on terrorism — with minimal results. Barrack Obama had also asked Pakistan to fight more aggressively against terrorism.
The US security adviser later visited Pakistan and reportedly said to the same effect in his meeting with country’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad. However, there are no reports that both the leaders have discussed the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian who was arrested by Pakistani forces on the charges of spying. The arrest has strained the relations recently between India and Pakistan. Some experts argue that Pakistan had planned the arrest just before the McMaster’s trip to Asia.
McMaster’s visit comes after the US had bombed a remote area in Afghanistan that destroyed the caves and tunnels ISIS fighters were using for their activities. About 36 militants were reportedly killed in the bombing. The US is also planning to increase its military forces in Afghanistan soon.
McMaster is scheduled to visit India in this trip. He will be discussing his country’s policy on Afghanistan with Indian leaders. India aids US in its efforts to fight Taliban in Afghanistan. Both the countries will be discussing further steps that are to be taken in Afghanistan.
The US security adviser will also bring invitation from his president for Prime Minister Narendra Modi about Modi’s visit to US, later this summer.