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Time for Pakistan to take decisive actions against terrorists

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Time for Pakistan to take decisive actions against terrorists
 The United States urged Pakistan on Friday not to give sanctuary to “terrorist organizations”, adding United States can’t work with Pakistan if it continues to give sanctuary to terrorist organizations and need to stop this and join efforts to resolve the Afghan conflict. 
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan addressing the UN Security Council meeting on the issue of Afghanistan’s relations with its Central Asia neighbors and the link between peace and security, said that an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned approach to peace, with firm international support for Afghan security forces, “will make clear to the Taliban that victory cannot be won on the battlefield — a solution is and must be political.”
He urged international efforts to isolate the Taliban, eliminate its sources of income and equipment. Sullivan also criticized unnamed countries for supporting the Taliban in the name of fighting the Islamic State extremist group, also known as ISIS.
“This approach is misguided or worse pernicious,” he said. “The United States believes that the two are not linked. We can and must fight ISIS in Afghanistan while ensuring the Taliban come to the negotiating table.”
US President Donald Trump has accused time and again Pakistan of lying to the United States. He stated that Washington had foolishly given the South Asian country $33 billion in aid while Pakistan’s government allegedly provides safe havens to terrorists who target American troops in Afghanistan. Trump’s statement marked the latest episode in a complicated relationship that has deteriorated largely due to the conflicting strategic interests of the United States and Pakistan in Afghanistan.
Throughout the US-led war in Afghanistan (2001-present) all US administrations and lawmakers in Washington have alleged that elements of Pakistan’s government have been harboring terrorists active in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Yet friction significantly heated up in August last year when Trump announced his administration’s new policy on Afghanistan and South Asia, and US officials castigated their Pakistani counterparts for taking inadequate measures against terrorist entities on Pakistani soil.
There has been ample time for Pakistan to show it is taking global pressures seriously, as the country has not yet taken any bold steps toward peace and security in Afghanistan and rather has equipped and supported the militants to fight against Afghan people and the government.
Pakistan has not way, but to take frim steps against safe sanctuaries in its soil. The United States has time and again said that would restore the aid if they see decisive movements against the terrorists, who are as much of a threat against Pakistan as they are against the regional security.
If Pakistan does not act against militants, the Trump administration and the international community also could consider imposing sanctions, increasing the tempo of drone strikes outside of tribal areas or withholding backing for Pakistan at global financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

The United Nations Security Council’s members’ recent visit of Afghanistan not only showed that there is global consensus existed for peace and stability in the war-torn country, but also international community felt the threats of terrorism and no longer want the phenomenon to take the lives of innocent people worldwide.
The recent US and international community’s stance would succeed in a time that the country use all levers of exerting pressure against Pakistan that are in its disposal. Demolishing the terrorists’ safe sanctuaries to bring lasting peace in Afghanistan and even that of the region too.