Washington: Pakistan’s political leadership would lose control over the country if it does not begin the process of changing its relationship with the Haqqani Network and other terror groups having safe havens there, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned.
Tillerson’s remarks came amid Trump administration’s repeated calls to Pakistan to do more against terrorist outfits.
“We want to work with Pakistan to stamp out terrorism within their boundaries as well, but Pakistan has to begin the process of changing its relationship with the Haqqani Network and with others,” Tillerson told a Washington audience.
In his remarks on ‘Meeting the Foreign Policy Challenges of 2017 and Beyond’ organised by the 2017 Atlantic Council- Korea Foundation Forum, Tillerson said that Pakistan’s relationship with the Haqqani Network needs to be altered.
“I understand that this is a relationship that has emerged probably for, in their view, good reasons a decade ago, but now that relationship has to be altered because if they’re not careful, Pakistan is going to lose control of their own country,” he warned.
He said the US was willing to share information with them to be successful.
“But we cannot continue with the status quo, where terrorist organisations are allowed to find safe haven inside of Pakistan,” the top American diplomat warned. Notably despite repeated warning from the Trump Administration there is not much impact on Pakistan s attitude towards terrorist groups.
It has been more than two weeks now that the White House issued a stern warning to Pakistan and asked Islamabad to re- arrest Hafiz Saeed, the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind.
Tillerson made no reference to this in his speech. PTI