US-Pakistan ties can no longer bear weight of contradictions: US NSA HR McMaster

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US NSA McMaster said Trump has great sympathy for the Pakistani people and in particular, how much they have suffered at the hands of terrorists who have victimised so many Pakistanis with mass murders.

President Donald Trump is “frustrated” with Pakistan for supporting terror groups and using them as an arm of their foreign policy, US National Security Advisor (NSA) HR McMaster said, underlining that their relationship can no longer bear the weight of contradictions.

The US and others have long complained that Pakistan offered safe haven to the Afghan Taliban and their allies, the Haqqani Network, allowing them to carry out cross-border attacks in Afghanistan.

Pakistan denies allegations but Trump has escalated the criticism against the country since he took office last January.

“The president is frustrated, and he values what we hope would be a partnership with Pakistan. But he is frustrated at Pakistan’s behaviour in that it continues to provide support for these groups, it goes after terrorist groups, really, very selectively, and uses others as an arm of their foreign policy,” McMaster was quoted as saying by Voice of America, a Congress-funded US media-outlet.



McMaster was responding to a question on the New Year tweet by Trump in which he said that the “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than USD 33 billion in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools”.

The US today suspended over USD 1.15 billion in security aid and the delivery of military equipment to it for failing to clamp down on the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network terror groups and dismantle their safe havens.

The freezing of all security assistance to Pakistan comes after President Donald Trump in a New Year’s Day tweet.

The suspended amount also include USD 255 million in Foreign Military Funding (FMF) for the fiscal year 2016 as mandated by the Congress.



The top national security advisor was interviewed after the tweet, but before the US announcement of suspension of security assistance to Pakistan.

McMaster said Trump has great sympathy for the Pakistani people and in particular, how much they have suffered at the hands of terrorists who have victimised so many Pakistanis with mass murders.

“I mean, so, he empathises with the Pakistani people, and he wants to see the Pakistani government go after these groups less selectively. This is not a blame game, as some would say,” he said.

“This is really our effort to communicate clearly to Pakistan that our relationship can no longer bear the weight of contradictions, and that we have to really begin now to work together to stabilise Afghanistan,” McMaster said.



“What is frustrating at times is we see Pakistan operating against the interests of its own people by going after these groups only selectively, by providing safe havens and support bases for Taliban and Haqqani network leadership that operate out of Pakistan as they perpetuate hell in portions of Pakistan and in Afghanistan,” said the top White House official.

Responding to a question, McMaster appeared to be unworried about China stepping in amidst its deteriorating relationship with the US.

“Well, I don’t think…who’s going to step in now, I think, and want Pakistan to continue its support for terrorist groups like the Haqqani network, for groups like the Taliban? I mean, certainly it’s not in China’s interest,” he said.



McMaster said China has a terrorist problem on its southern border, a terrorist problem that does have connections back into Pakistan.

“It is not going to be any other country in the region, certainly, who will want Pakistan to continue this, really, pattern of behaviour that we have seen, where it goes after these groups only selectively, while it sustains and supports others who act as an arm of its foreign policy,” he said.

Responding to another question, McMaster said that it would “just be unwise” for any Pakistani leader using nuclear weapons “to extort or for blackmail”.

Pakistan, he noted, does not want to become North Korea.
“I mean, does Pakistan want to become North Korea? Doesn’t look too appealing a model to me. So, I think Pakistan could be on a path to increase security and prosperity, or it could be on a path to replicating North Korea. I think that’s an easy choice for Pakistani leaders,” McMaster said.



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  1. Sir/Madam Date 07.01.2018
    Nothing is hidden that ISI of Pakistan, since its formation has acted against the humanity, its power and intelligence had been used and now being used not for their self defense and for the security of the people of Pakistan, but the same is being utilize for spreading fire of terrorism and destabilizing the neighboring states. The power of money brought from his erstwhile dodged friend USA were mainly used for helping terrorists group in Afghanistan to war against Russia and causing proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir through infiltration termed cross boarder terrorism. The USA has analyzed too little and too late. What is going in Pakistan is against their own people, no stable government the History itself evidenced that there had always been tussle between the military and the elected Government and Judiciary. The Nations which are Answerable/responsible to their people never mis-utilize their resources other than the welfare and security of the people but Pakistan is the Unique State in the world where it has totally ignored its people and put only single agenda of spreading hate with frontier states and wagging proxy war against them. The US Government must think about the people of Pakistan whose welfare has been cornered forever.
    This is the only terrorism which made the distance between the People of Pakistan and people of India who were once single and still there is sorrow of separation which given rise to many misconceptions in the minds of the people of both the countries.
    It is my personal request to Mr. Trump discontinue every kind of help to Pakistan in future and let them develop their own economy so that they may realize as to what pain is required to gain money. If the money is obtained through labor and pain will never be mis-utilized.
    Sanjay Kumar, Advocate

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