Pakistan backed militants to continue attacks inside India: US
Americaâs intelligence chief today warned that Pakistan-supported terrorist groups would continue to carry out attacks inside India, thus risking escalation of tension between the two neighbours. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coatsâ remarks came days after a group of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists struck the Sunjuwan Military Camp in Jammu on Saturday, killing seven people including six soldiers. Pakistan, in fact, will continue to threaten US interests by deploying new nuclear weapons capabilities, maintaining its ties to militants, restricting counter- terrorism cooperation, and drawing closer to China, Coats said in his testimony before the Senat e Select Committee on Intelligence.
âMilitant groups supported by Islamabad will continue to take advantage of their safe haven in Pakistan to plan and conduct attacks in India and Afghanistan, including against US interests,â Coats said during the hearing on âWorldwide Threat Assessmentâ of the US intelligence community. He said PakistanÃ¢â¬â¢s perception of its eroding position relative to India, reinforced by endemic economic weakness and domestic security issues, almost certainly will exacerbate long-held fears of isolation and drive IslamabadÃ¢â¬â¢s pursuit of actions that run counter to US goals for the region.
Without specifically referring to any terrorist incident by Pakistan-based groups, Coats told the lawmakers that he expects tension between the two Asian neighbours. âRelations between India and Pakistan are likely to remain tense, with continued violence on the Line of Control and the risk of escalation if there is another high-profile terro rist attack in India or an uptick in violence on the Line of Control,â Coats said. He said Pakistanâs support to terrorist groups have complicated the situation in Afghanistan.
âComplicating the Afghanistan situation is our assessment that Pakistan-based militant groups continue to take advantage of their safe haven to conduct attacks in India and Afghanistan, including US interests therein,â Coats said. Pakistani military leaders âcontinue to walk a delicate line,â he said. âOngoing Pakistani military operations against the Taliban and associated groups probably reflect the desire to appear more proactive and responsive to our request for more actions against these groups. However, the actions taken thus far do not reflect a significant escalation of pressure against these groups and are unlikely to have a lasting effect,â Coats said.
In the last month, the administration has designated eight militants affiliated with the Taliban, Haqqani Network and o ther Pakistani militant groups. âAnd we assess that Pakistan will maintain ties to these militants while restricting counter-terrorism cooperation with the United States,â Coats added.Source: Google News