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Safe havens to terrorists in Pakistn not acceptable to US: CIA

In this April 13, 2107 file photo, Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo speaks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, U.S.

In this April 13, 2107 file photo, Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo speaks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, U.S.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

“We see the Pakistanis continuing to provide safe harbour, havens inside of Pakistan for terrorists who present risks to the United States of America,” Mr. Pompeo was quoted as saying by the CBS news

CIA chief Mike Pompeo has said that Pakistan continues to provide safe havens to terrorists which is not acceptable to America.

U.S. President Donald Trump has asked Pakistan to “cease” being a safe haven for terrorists that threaten the U.S., the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director said on Sunday.

The U.S. has suspended about $2 billion in security aid to Pakistan for failing to clamp down on the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani terror network and dismantle their safe havens.

The freezing of all security assistance to Pakistan comes after President Donald Trump in a New Year’s day tweet accused Islamabad of giving nothing to the U.S. but “lies and deceit” and providing “safe haven” to terrorists in return for $33 billion aid over the last 15 years.

“We see the Pakistanis continuing to provide safe harbour, havens inside of Pakistan for terrorists who present risks to the United States of America,” Mr. Pompeo was quoted as saying by the CBS news.

“We are doing our best to inform the Pakistanis that this is no longer going to be acceptable. So this conditioned aid, we have given them a chance. If they fix this problem, we are happy to continue to engage with them and be their partner.

But if they don’t, we’re going to protect America,” he said.

The CIA director was responding to questions on the recent decision of the Trump administration to suspend approximately $2 billion in security aid to Pakistan.

“The President has made very clear that he needs Pakistan to cease being a safe haven for terrorists that threaten the United States of America, end, period, full stop,” Mr. Pompeo said, reflecting the stand taken by Mr. Trump.

The security assistance can be restored if Pakistan takes decisive actions against terrorists.

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