Washington: Pakistan has an "addiction" of "playing around" with militant groups against India, a top Pentagon official has said.
"They have an addiction to playing around with militia groups to achieve certain interests, particularly vis-à-vis India. That gets them in all kinds of trouble," Michael Sheehan, Assistant Secretary of Defence for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, told lawmakers at a Congressional hearing.
Responding to questions, Sheehan said the US has been having discussion with Pakistan in this regard, but without much success.
"We`ve had these conversations with them forever about that. I don`t see that changing. I don`t see any set of talking points that`s going to be delivered by some new diplomat that`s going to change their mind," Sheehan said, adding the US has virtually "given up" in its effort to change the mindset of Pakistan with regard to India.
"It`s the way they view the world. We have to understand the way they view the world and try to work through it. But it`s not going to be easy, but I think at the end of the day we have been successful in the FATA in degrading al Qaeda over the last 10 years despite all these problems.”
"And I think that we`re going to continue to work through it and hopefully again have another 10 years of success in degrading al Qaeda`s strategic capability in the FATA and elsewhere," Sheehan said.