Pakistan Faces Mounting US Pressure on Terror "safe Heavens"

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Pakistan Faces Mounting US Pressure on Terror

The top brass of the civil and military leadership, including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, met the USA dignitaries.

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has arrived in Cairo to meet with Egyptian officials and discuss cooperation before heading on to Jordan, Pakistan and Kuwait.

Yesterday, Mattis embarked on a journey to re-affirm the enduring USA commitment to partnerships in the Middle East, West Africa and South Asia.

Also discussing ways to improve U.S. -Egypt partnership in the defense sector, the duo agreed on the need to increase worldwide efforts to eradicate terrorism resources, and to find a political resolution to the crises in the Middle East, the statement said.

Pakistan's Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan and Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant-General Naveed Mukhtar also met with the U.S. delegation, the press note said.

Political analyst Imtiaz Gul said the latest United States effort to push Pakistan would likely fall short again.

That message seemingly not reached the Pakistani leadership.

"A clear global consensus exists regarding Saeed's culpability-he was designated by the United Nations under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008".

The Secretary reiterated that Pakistan must redouble its efforts to confront militants and terrorists operating within the country. He also termed the release of Mumbai-terror attack accused Hafiz Saeed as "a step backward" in that direction.

The decision to put Saeed under house arrest in January was seen as a response to actions by US President Donald Trump's White House against nations deemed linked to terrorism.

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