US: Pakistan act against terrorist sanctuaries in Afghanistan adds troops

United States said it is vital that Pakistan act against terrorist sanctuaries.

Talking to PTI, a State Department spokesperson said in Washington that US is looking to the Pakistani government to take decisive action against militant groups based in Pakistan that are a threat to the region.

The spokesperson also said that Washington is ready to work with Islamabad to help them protect themselves against these terrorist organisations.

The comments came as the Pakistan National Assembly yesterday passed a resolution opposing US President, Donald Trump’s move to give more space to India in Afghanistan in his new strategy for the war-torn country.

Pakistan has accused the US of making unjustified allegations against it and cancelled at least three senior level meetings with Trump administration officials.

In Afghanistan adds troops:

Pentagon has sharply raised its estimate of the number of US troops currently in Afghanistan.

The move comes ahead of a decision on adding thousands more troops under President Donald Trump’s new strategy for the war-ridden country.

Pentagon Joint Staff Director Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie said, a comprehensive review showed there were approximately 11,000 uniformed US servicemen and women in Afghanistan, compared to the previous count of 8,400 troops used since last year.

It includes temporary and covert units as well as regular forces. The new count was made to establish the basis for an increase in troops possibly by around 4,000 under Trump’s revised strategy to better support Afghan troops in the fight against the Taliban.

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