Vastavam web: President Donald Trump would try to work with Pakistan “one more time” but is prepared to take “whatever steps necessary” if Islamabad does not “change its behaviour” and continued to support terror groups, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has warned.Mattis also warned Pakistan of global “diplomatic isolation” and losing its Non-NATO ally status if it failed to dismantle terrorists’ safe havens on its soil.”If our best efforts fail, President Trump is prepared to take whatever steps necessary,” Mattis told members of the powerful House Armed Services Committee during a Congressional testimony on South Asia and Afghanistan yesterday.
He was asked a series of questions by Congressmen who expressed their frustration on Pakistan not taking actions against terror groups.”Right now, I would like to think we will be successful,” Mattis said. “With the growing consensus against terrorism, they’ll find themselves diplomatically isolated.” “There is an awful lot of advantage to Pakistan of coming online with the international community, and we have to stay focused there, but the penalties are just as significant as the advantages if they choose to go a different direction,” he said.President Trump announced his Afghanistan and South Asia policy in August in which he adopted a tough policy against Pakistan.
In a meeting with the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Asif defended his country’s role in the war against terrorism.He claimed that Pakistan has pursued a zero-tolerance and indiscriminate approach in its campaign against all terrorist and militant groups.”What we are doing right now is we are aligning what Department of Treasury, Department of Defence, the Intelligence Committee, Department of State, say, this is what we must ask Pakistan to do to change its behaviour, he added.The Trump administration, he said, is going to use a whole government international effort to align the benefits and the penalties if those things are not done.
“Pakistan has lost more troops in this fight against terrorist than nearly any country out there. And yet at the same time, as you know, there’s been some parsing out where some terrorists have been allowed safe havens. We’re out to change that behaviour and do it very firmly,” Mattis asserted.