Trump May Harden Approach to Pakistan

As reported by Reuters news agency, US President Donald Trump’s administration is exploring hardening its approach toward Pakistan to crack down on Pakistan-based militants launching attacks in neighboring Afghanistan. Potential administration responses being discussed include expanding US drone strikes, redirecting or withholding some aid to Pakistan and perhaps eventually downgrading Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally.

US officials are skeptical of the prospects for success, arguing that years of previous efforts to curb Pakistan’s support for militant groups have failed. Also, strengthening US ties to India, undermine chances of a breakthrough with Pakistan. US officials say they generally seek greater cooperation with Pakistan. The administration is due to finish a regional review by mid-July of the strategy guiding the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan.

Reuters report found here.

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