WASHINGTON: United States (US) Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Tuesday that Pakistan’s military is holding back counter-terrorism cooperation with the US while continuing to go easy on militant groups based in the country. Coats told a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee that despite Washington’s repeated requests, the Pakistan military was only trying to appear tougher against the Taliban and Haqqani militants instead of taking concrete action. “Pakistan-based militant groups continue to take advantage of their safe haven to conduct attacks in India, in Afghanistan, and including US interests therein,” Coats claimed. “Ongoing Pakistani military operations against the Taliban and associated groups probably reflect the desire to appear more proactive and responsive to our requests for more actions against these groups,” he added. However, US intelligence agents believe that Islamabad “will maintain ties to these militants while restricting counter-terrorism cooperation with the United States”, he said.
Source: Pakistan Today February 13, 2018 19:12 UTC