US wants Pakistan to 'fully cooperate' in war against terrorism, says National Security Advisor John Bolton

Washington: The US has conveyed to Pakistan that it wants Islamabad to cooperate fully in the war against terrorism as it is a matter of "extraordinary importance" to the United States, President Donald Trump's national security advisor, John Bolton, said.

File image of John Bolton. AP

File image of John Bolton. AP

During his visit to Islamabad last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had pressed the new Pakistani government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan "to do more" to rein in terror groups operating from the country's soil. The Trump administration has recently cut $300 million in military aid to Islamabad, arguing that it has failed to take satisfactory actions against terrorist groups.

"Pompeo wanted to convey the message that we hoped and expected that Pakistan would cooperate fully in the war against terrorism, which they had committed to do," Bolton told a Washington audience on Monday.

"It was before my time, but the Trump administration did not take the decision to cancel a substantial part of the military aid package to Pakistan lightly.

"It was done knowing well that Pakistan is a nuclear weapons state, and the risk that the government could fall into the hands of terrorists that would get control of those nuclear weapons was particularly serious," Bolton said.

He added: "But it's a serious problem on the subcontinent, and I hope it's one that the new government of Pakistan addresses, because this terrorist threat is a threat, I think, to the majority opinion to the people in Pakistan, not to the terrorists and not to some of their supporters in the military and elsewhere."

Updated Date: Sep 11, 2018 10:32 AM

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