Pakistan 'must do more' against Taliban: US vice-president

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi with US Officials. Pakistan's Ambassador to US Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhri is also

In meeting held at the VP's residence, Mike Pence told the Prime Minister of Pakistan about the USA fears and threats regarding the situation in Afghanistan.

For his part, Abbasi apprised Pence of Pakistan's "sacrifices and successes" in the fight against terrorism and believed his meeting with the vice president was "positive", according to a report by Geo TV. "The prime minister assured the USA leader that no other state wants peace in Afghanistan more than Pakistan does, as it will be a direct beneficiary of this peace", the newspaper quoted an unidentified official as saying.

The prime minister also met Congressman Ted Yoho, who is the chairperson of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. In his first tweet of the new year, Trump had accused Pakistan of basing its relationship with the USA on "nothing but lies and deceit". "But we have not seen them taking pro-active actions against terrorist groups which they are capable of".

The issue was raised once again at these meetings with the prime minister. "We are continuing to look for real actions and not word on the Taliban and the Haqqani sanctuaries", the official added. This was the third time in last two weeks that the administration officials asked Pakistan to raise the stakes.

The Trump administration has repeatedly stated that Pakistan must take action against all terrorists, the official had said, including those targeting India such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad.

The statement did not indicate the exact time, site, or nature of the talks, but USA and Pakistani news media quoting official sources as saying a meeting took place at the vice president's official residence in Washington. Even, Ambassador Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the State Department had also remarked that the USA has not yet seen "decisive or sustained changes" in Pakistan's behaviour. Several members of the Financial Action Task Force, an anti-money-laundering watchdog, voted last month to place Pakistan on its grey list to give the country three months to make changes.



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