Top American responses to ‘terror state’ Pakistan after Uri attack

By: | Updated: September 29, 2016 5:11 PM

After the Uri attack in which 18 Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistani terrorists, a number of the United State officials, including President Barack Obama, have directly or indirectly warned Pakistan

Pakistan is not putting enough pressure on the Haqqani terror network and this is the reason that the US Defence Secretary not giving the necessary certification for release of USD 300 million in coalition support funds to it, a top American general has said. (Reuters)The US, which is a traditional ally of Pakistan, apparently snubbed Pakistan on many occasions during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif?s visit to the country during the United Nations General Assembly Meeting recently. (Reuters)

After the Uri attack in which 18 Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistani terrorists, a number of the United State officials, including President Barack Obama, have directly or indirectly warned Pakistan against using its territory for breeding terrorism. The US, which is a traditional ally of Pakistan, apparently snubbed Pakistan on many occasions during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the country for the United Nations General Assembly Meeting recently. War of words between India and Pakistan has, however, not led to any solution. Tensions between the neighbours have only escalated as Pakistan refuses to acknowledge or act against terrorists operating from its territory.

While India is now mulling to withdraw the Indus Waters Treaty and the Most Favoured Nation status from Pakistan, the notorious neighbour is adamant, even threatening a nuclear attack through TV channels. Here we present the top responses from the US authorities in the aftermath of Uri attack.

John Kerry

On September 21, US Secretary of State John Kerry asked Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to support India in all possible ways in the investigation of the Uri attack. The US also snubbed Pakistan’s ‘Kashmir’ rant. Kerry met Sharif and asked him to prevent terrorists from using the Pakistani territory as safe haven.

On September 28, Kerry requested India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj not to escalate the matters with Pakistan. The US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby stated that John Kerry “reiterated the need for Pakistan to prevent all terrorists from using Pakistani territory as safe haven, while commending recent efforts by Pakistani security forces to counter extremist violence.” US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner said: “‘We continue to put pressure on Pakistan to respond to those groups who are, quote/unquote, seeking safe haven on Pakistan’s borders.”

Barack Obama

Addressing UNGA for the last time as the US President, Barack Obama indirectly hit out at Pakistan, saying nations engaged in “proxy wars” should end them. If not, he warned the “embers of extremism will continue to burn” causing sufferings to countless human beings and export of extremism overseas

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Susan Rice

US National Security Advisor Susan Rice called her Indian counterpart Ajit Doval and condemned the Uri terrorist attack saying the White House expects Pakistan to take “effective action to combat and delegitimise” UN-designated terrorist groups. “Ambassador Rice reiterated our expectation that Pakistan takes effective action to combat and delegitimise United Nations-designated terrorist individuals and entities, including Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, and their affiliates,” Spokesperson of National Security Council Ned
Price said.

Ted Poe

On September 20, US Congressman Ted Poe, Chairman, House Subcommittee on Terrorism, along with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher introduced the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act (H.R.6069) in the US Congress. Introducing the Act, Poe said, “Not only is Pakistan an untrustworthy ally, Islamabad has also aided and abetted enemies of the United States for years.” He added, “From harboring Osama bin Laden to its cozy relationship with the Haqqani network, there is more than enough evidence to determine whose side Pakistan is on in the War on Terror. And it’s not America’s.”

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