Washington: Pressure mounted on Pakistan as the US led an unprecedented concerted effort to convince it to change its mindset and “traditonal focus” on India as a threat and instead concentrate on Taliban extremists, who are just 100 kms away from Islamabad, posing an “existential threat” to the country.
Amid “extreme concern” in Washington over the Taliban’s unchecked march towards other Pakistani cities, secretary of state Hillary Clinton herself is leading the US efforts to convince Islamabad that its leadership need to take “appropriate actions.”
“We have had a series of meetings with both Pakistanis and the Afghans, going in depth about how to get the Pakistani government to change their focus, from what they viewed as their existential threat, namely, India — to what we view as their existential threat — namely, this extremist insurgency,” Clinton said yesterday.
Appearing before a Congressional Committee, Clinton expressed concern over the advance of Taliban militants towards major cities of Pakistan and said it posed an “existential threat” to the country.
“Changing paradigms is not easy, but there is an increasing awareness of not just the Pakistani government but the Pakistani people that this insurgency coming closer and closer to major cities does pose such a threat,” she said.