PM Abbasi meets Congressman Ted Yoho, US officials in Washington


The US has told Pakistan that it "must do more" against Taliban and other terror groups operating in the country, warning that the Trump administration is ready to take unilateral measures if Islamabad failed to stop cross-border attacks from its soil.

The Pakistan Embassy had denied any such meetings, including the one apparently with the Vice President Mike Pence at his residence. "The prime minister assured the USA leader that no other state wants peace in Afghanistan more than Pakistan does, as it will be a direct beneficiary of this peace", the newspaper quoted an unidentified official as saying.

United States vice-president Mike Pence told Pakistan's prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi that his country "must do more" against the Taliban and other militants, the White House said on Saturday.

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He also met other USA officials and Congressman Ted Yoho, who heads the House foreign relations subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

According to sources, the Pakistani premier met United States officials at a local hotel where diplomats from the Pakistani embassy were also present. The Dawn reported that hours after Pence-Abbasi meeting, senior Trump administration officials held a special briefing for Washington-based journalists to convey their dissatisfaction with Pakistan's Afghanistan policy.

South Asia observers have noted that Pence sought action by Pakistan against all terrorists operating from safe havens on its territory and not just the Taliban and its affiliate the Haqqani Network. The official said that President Donald Trump was constantly monitoring progress on the South Asia policy and wanted Pakistan to do more than "the bare minimum" it's doing now. "We're certainly not walking away from Pakistan".

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The official said: "The president has made it clear that he is not satisfied with the action taken by Pakistan".

"We continue to make very specific requests, and when provided with very specific information, they have responded", he said.

The administration has been accusing Islamabad of providing sanctuaries instead of taking action against militant groups.

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