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Our expectations are straightforward, take concrete steps on terror: US to Pak

Pakistani activists with the Jamaat-ud-Dawa group shout anti-US slogans at a protest in Lahore on January 2. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Washington, United States Jan 09, 2018, 02.58 AM (IST)

As China sided with Pakistan over US administration continued pressure on terrorism, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning fired another warning shot at the Abbasi government.

Manning told reporters that Pakistan should ensure that Taliban and Haqqani leadership and attack planners "should no longer be able to find safe haven or conduct operations from Pakistani soil", as relations between to the two allies on the war on terror continued to be in free fall.

“Our expectations are straightforward, the US has conveyed to Pakistan specific and concrete steps that it could take," Manning added. 

The US had last week discontinued $900 million aid to Pakistan asserting that the country hadn't done enough to take out terror cells, Manning reassured the Pak officials saying that suspension of funds wasn't permanent and the money wasn't being diverted somewhere else.

Pakistan has been facing increasing pressure for the past several months from the Trump administration to crack down on terrorism. Both President Trump and top US officials have repeatedly slammed Pak officials in public forum over terror-related issues.

In fact, CIA chief Mike Pompeo speaking in CBS news channel said: "If they(Pakistan) fix this problem, we're happy to continue to engage with them and be their partner. But if they don't, we're going to protect America."

"We see the Pakistanis continuing to provide safe harbour, havens inside of Pakistan for terrorists who present risks to the United States of America," Pompeo said in CBS.

Pakistan's ally China on Monday said it opposed "linking terrorism with any certain country" after the White House said Xi's regime could play a vital role to convince Pakistan to take steps against the Haqqani Network and the Taliban.