Terror safe havens still operational inside Pakistan, alleges CIA chief

03:29 PM | 8 Jan, 2018
Terror safe havens still operational inside Pakistan, alleges CIA chief
WASHINGTON - Toeing the same line by his boss,  CIA Director Mike Pompeo alleged on Sunday that Pakistan was continuing to provide safe harbor havens inside its territory for terrorists who were a threat to United States.

"We are doing our best to inform Pakistanis that it was no longer going to be acceptable. So this- this conditioned aid, we've given them a chance. If they 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," Pompoe said as he appeared on 'Face the Nation' program broadcast on CBS television network.

In response to another question regarding the relationship between Islamabad and Washington on the long-standing issue of terrorism, the official clarified that the president had made very clear that he needed Pakistan to cease being a safe haven for terrorists that threaten the United States of America.

The allegations by spy chief come on the heels of discontinuation of aid to Pakistan by the tycoon-turned-president as described in his first tweet of 2018.

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On the other hand, Islamabad denies the allegations arguing it launched robust anti-terror drive against the militants without any discrimination.

Pakistan maintains that it has fought world’s biggest war on terror largely from its own resources for its own peace and security and for the regional and global peace as well.

Earlier on Sunday,  US Defense Secretary James Mattis said the United States was still working with Pakistan to coordinate military supply routes needed for the fight in Afghanistan.