Islamabad, Feb 23: US President Dold Trump is “not satisfied” with the efforts so far made by Pakistan in its crackdown on terrorism, White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah has said.
“For the first time, we’re holding Pakistan accountable for its actions. We’ve seen modest progress in terms of Pakistan’s actual acknowledgement of these concerns, but President (Trump) is not satisfied with the progress when it comes to Pakistan,” Shah said on Thursday while expressing the US administration’s displeasure on the issue.
Shah also shed light on the US’s progress in Afghanistan, saying “we’ve made significant progress against the Islamic State, reducing their presence and elimiting hundreds of fighters”. “We’ve elimited their top leaders, and we’re working relentlessly to target their leadership and bases wherever they emerge,” the Indian-American official added. On August 22, 2017, Trump had laid down a policy for South-Asia and warned that the approach would now be more pragmatic than idealistic. He had warned that the US will take action within Pakistan if it did not stop backing terrorists battling American forces. Trump had put long-time ally Pakistan on notice with a virtual ultimatum that it “has much to lose” by backing terrorists. (IANS)