Srinagar: The Donald Trump led United States administration wants Pakistan to change its “paradoxical” policy of supporting the militants who are causing the country great losses.
In an interview to a conservative radio host, Hugh Hewitt, US National Security Adviser Gen H R McMaster also defended President Trump’s strategy on winning the war in Afghanistan by giving unrestricted powers to the US military based in the war-torn country, reported The Dawn.
US officials have often accused Pakistan of helping the militants, a charge Islamabad vehemently denies, but this marks the first time that the allegation has been attributed to President Trump.
“The president has also made clear that we need to see a change in behaviour of those in the region, which includes those who are providing safe haven and support bases for the Taliban, Haqqani Network and others,” McMaster said.
“This is Pakistan in particular that we want to really see a change in and a reduction of their support for these groups. I mean, this is of course, you know, a very paradoxical situation where Pakistan is taking great losses.
They have fought very hard against these groups, but they’ve done so really only selectively,” he added.
Commenting on Mr Trump’s decision to win the Afghan war, Gen McMaster said: The president has said, “he does not want to place restrictions on the military that undermine our ability to win battles in combat.”
“He has lifted those restrictions, and you’re beginning to see the payoff of that — as well.”