US asks Pakistan to act against Lashkar-e-Taiba ahead of 10th anniversary of 26/11

Written By: Sidhant Sibal WION
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Nov 24, 2018, 07:09 PM(IST)

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The development comes days after US President Donald Trump slammed Pakistan in an interview to FOX News Channel for not doing enough on terror

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks the United States has again asked Pakistan to act on Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the terror group behind the attacks . 

In a response to WION's questions, Pentagon spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Koné Faulkner said, "We continue to press Pakistan to indiscriminately target all terrorist groups, including the Haqqani Network and LeT."

When asked on Pakistan's role in Afghanistan, Faulkner said, "No country has more to gain than Pakistan from a peaceful Afghanistan.  We continue to call on Pakistan to arrest, expel or bring the Taliban leadership to the negotiating table.".

This development comes days after US President Donald Trump slammed Pakistan in an interview to FOX News for not doing enough on terror and providing safe haven to 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden. 

US President has also lashed out at Pakistan on Twitter saying  we paid "Pakistan Billions of Dollars & they never told us he was living there."

In daring raid from across the border in Afghanistan, US special forces killed Osama Bin Laden inside his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan on April 2, 2011.

Pentagon also confirmed that it has suspended aid to Pakistan saying that last January "the Coalition Support Funds (CSF) security assistance the US provides to Pakistan was suspended" and this "suspension remains in place totalling approximately $1.66 billion in security assistance to Pakistan that has been frozen to date."

During his interview to Fox earlier this week, Trump said that aid was cut since Pakistan doesn't "do a damn thing" for united states.

The relationship between US and Pakistan are on the downward spiral due to Islamabad's inability to rein in on terror groups on its territory. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has been saying that Washington has been trying to make Islamabad a scapegoat due to its failure in Afghanistan.

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