US to act if Pakistan fails to destroy terror safe havens: CIA chief
By Khaama Press - Mon Dec 04 2017, 1:02 pm
In response to a question during a forum in California, Mike Pameo said the defense secretary James Mattis was travelling to Pakistan to “make clear the president’s intent” and “will deliver the message that we would love you to do that.
“And that the safe haven inside of Pakistan has worked to the detriment of our capacity to do what we needed to do in Afghanistan,” he added.
The CIA chief warned that “In the absence of the Pakistanis achieving that, we are going to do everything we can to make sure that that safe haven no longer exists.”
Relations and ties between Islamabad and Washington have deteriorated since President Trump announced the new US strategy for South Asia and strongly criticized Pakistan for sheltering the terrorist groups.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States General Joseph Dunford also confirmed earlier in October that the military intelligence of Pakistan’s military, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), has connections with the terror group.
Earlier, the US and Pakistani officials had said senior US officials are expected to visit Islamabad to deliver tough message by President Donald Trump to the Pakistani officials regarding the circumstances surrounding the fight against terrorism.
According to the officials, the US defense and state secretaries will deliver the message by President Trump that the alleged Pakistani state support for militant groups has to end.