(WASHINGTON/PAKISTAN) Afghan/Pak Border Report: U.S Defence Secretary and Pakistan Army Chief Javed Bajwa try to agree eliminating #Taliban safe areas along the border and close the border #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.16: Although US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa say they’re “mindful” that Pakistan and the Pakistani people “also fall victim to terrorist activities that emanate from that region,” Islamic clerics in Pakistan are said to be soliciting support for the #Taliban and even calling for donations, with full support and aid from the Pakistani government. ….

#AceDailyNews reports that the US asks Pakistan to eliminate #Taliban safe havens along Afghanistan-Pakistan border as the Taliban leadership is still have HQ in Pakistan. According to Foreign Policy Magazine:

“Pakistan is supporting the Taliban’s offensive. Without Pakistani logistical support, the Taliban could not undertake the massive nationwide attack it is pursuing,” said Bruce Riedel, who served as a senior advisor on South Asia and the Middle East to four U.S. presidents. “The ISI [Pakistan’s powerful intelligence service] is already pleased it has ejected all the foreign troops from Afghanistan. The goal now is to induce panic in the Afghan government and army.”

This is all despite vehement denials from Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan: The Taliban supports al-Qaeda, an ongoing threat to America. Expect further escalations from America’s worst enemies in the face of a weak and incompetent administration.

“US asks Pakistan to eliminate Taliban safe havens along Afghan-Pak border,” by Shankhyaneel Sarkar, Hindustan Times, August 10, 2021:

During a phone call between US defence secretary Lloyd Austin and Pakistan army chief general Qamar Javed Bajwa, the US sent a strong message to Pakistan’s leadership asking them to take steps for eliminating Taliban terrorists’ safe havens along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

The US feels that these safe havens are causing insecurity and instability in the conflict-ridden nation. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said that Austin and Bajwa also discussed regional security issues and the bilateral defence ties along with the current situation in Afghanistan. Austin said that the US is interested in improving the US-Pakistan relationship.

“Secretary Austin and General Bajwa discussed the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, regional security and stability, and the bilateral defence relationship more broadly,” Kirby was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. He said the US does not feel ‘bashful’ to discuss the safe havens along the border with Pakistan’s leadership.

“We are also mindful that Pakistan and the Pakistani people also fall victim to terrorist activities that emanate from that region. So, we all have a shared sense of the importance of closing down those safe havens and not allowing them to be used by the Taliban or other terrorist networks to sow discord,” Kirby further added. He said that the US continues to continually raise issues related to the safe havens with the Pakistan leadership.

Afghanistan continues to allege that Islamabad is aiding Taliban terrorists and is also sending thousands of terrorists to the country to destabilise the government. Pakistan continues to deny any such role while highlighting that it is due to Islamabad’s efforts Taliban has sat down with the US and Afghanistan to talk peace and stability.

The US, however, has not made any changes to its troop withdrawal plans which has provided a fillip to the Taliban which is advancing at a fast pace and has captured several major cities and provinces in the conflict-ridden nation. Despite being on the peace committee, where the US and the Afghanistan government are stakeholders, the terrorist group has used violence to stamp its authority and take control of vast regions of Afghanistan. The US and Nato will withdraw all their troops by August 31…..

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.16: 2021:

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