Washington: The annual Af-Pak policy review would ask Pakistan for urgency on its part to do more in the war against terrorism in the region and prevent the continued presence of terrorist safe havens inside its territories, a top US official has said.
"We`re certainly clear with our partners in Pakistan
on this. I think it will be clear, again, in the document that
as we`ve seen greater cooperation, our challenges there
remain," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters
when asked if the US this time would use blunt language about
what Pakistan needs to do.
The White House is finalizing the review of the Af-Pak
policy announced by Obama last December which resulted in
sending thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan and the
announcement that the US will start to withdraw troops from
US President Barack Obama would announce the annual
Af-Pak policy review on December 16.
There is three aspects of the review -- Afghanistan,
al-Qaeda and Pakistan, Gibbs told reporters after President
Obama chaired a nearly two hour meeting of his national
security advisors that gave final shape to the review.
"We have seen over the course of many months an
increased willingness to cooperate from the Pakistanis. But as
you saw in both -- you`ll see in this review and in reports
that have been sent up I think early fall, late last summer,
that there are things that we still need Pakistan to continue
to cooperate with us more on and continue to do in order to
prevent further safe havens from impacting the progress that
ultimately can be made in Afghanistan," he said.
"I think you have seen in areas dealing with each of
the three aspects of the report -- the momentum with the --
stopping and stemming some of the momentum of the Taliban,
increased cooperation with the Pakistanis, and the degradation
of al-Qaeda leadership -- progress on all three of those
fronts, with challenges small and great that continue."
One of the central challenges that remain was the safe
haven in Pakistan by a "whole series of people" which makes
security and progress in Afghanistan more demanding, he added.