US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G. Wells has acknowledged that the policy of coercing Pakistan into accepting US demands had not been very successful.
She admitted this in her testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on “US policy toward Afghanistan.” However, she alerted Pakistan that it is is still on notice to eliminate all terrorist sanctuaries from its territory, although relations between the two countries show some signs of improvement.
She said this at a congressional hearing and re-emphasized the point that Washington never fails to mention the need for Pakistan to eliminate terrorism.
“Pakistan is on notice that we expect its unequivocal cooperation ending sanctuaries that the Taliban have enjoyed since the remnants of their toppled regime fled into Pakistan in 2001,” said Ms Wells while reviewing one year of the Trump administration’s South Asia Strategy.
In a New Year Day message this year, President Donald Trump too had put Pakistan on notice, accusing it of “taking billions and billions of dollars” from the United States while “housing the same terrorists” that it was supposed to fight. And a few days after the speech, Washington suspended more than two billion dollars of security aid to Pakistan.
Pakistan has rejected these allegations as unfounded and has urged Washington not to blame Islamabad for its failures in Afghanistan.