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Pakistan should abandon its policy of support for terror and extremism

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Pakistan should abandon its policy of support for terror and extremism
 The extreme growth of terror and terrorist activities as well as their safe sanctuaries has begun to worry the whole world. The growing rates of terrorist activity in Afghanistan and around the world have become a bold challenge. To end the terrorist activity, the world leaders must consider it a priority, as today’s terrorist activity is not only polluting the Asian countries but rather it has spread throughout the globe.
Considering the increasing violence in Afghanistan and support to terrorist outfits and their safe sanctuaries in Pakistan, the US officials saying their country was examining ways to mitigate any Pakistani retaliation as it piles pressure on Islamabad to crack down on militants, cautioning that U.S. action could extend beyond a new freeze in aid.
The move came days after U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that Pakistan had rewarded past U.S. aid with “nothing but lies & deceit.”The political standoff with Pakistan comes in the wake of a push by the administration to get Pakistan’s cooperation as part of its South Asia strategy launched last year. 
Whether there would be any reduction of aid from US or not is yet to be seen. In the past too there had been several such statements made by US but ultimately the US aid was not stopped. Even after Osama bin Laden was found to be enjoying shelter in Pak Army’s area, no reduction in aid was considered. However, President Trump has made very clear and more forceful statements suggesting that the US administration is serious about acting if it does not see Pakistan doing enough to give it satisfaction.
Meanwhile the members of the UN Security Council condemning terrorist attack that took place in Kabul on 4 January, have once again reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.
The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of Afghanistan and all other relevant authorities in this regard.
The credit for the recent pressures on Pakistan should be given to Afghan government, as it has time and again called upon the world that to eliminate terrorists, they need to target the safe sanctuaries which liesbeyond the border and the government has already submitted evidence to US and the allies on Pakistan’s direct support of the terrorist groups.
Meanwhile the Afghan government and the international community, particularly US administration need to build greater pressure in areas which can place the Pak Army and its intelligence service under severe pressure.
Sanctioning the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and individual Pakistanis who are involved in supporting insurgents and terrorists, including bans for them and their family members on travel to the United States and freezing of financial assets could also help force the country to redesign its policy on Afghanistan and the region.Together with the major regional victims ofPakistan’s actions, includingPakistan and India, the US and allies should hold Islamabad accountable before regional and international organizations.
It will be important to reach out to the people ofPakistan as well and documentPakistan’s support for terrorists and extremists.It should be clear that Afghans look forward to cooperation and partnership with Pakistan once its government abandons its policy of support for terror and extremism.