Washington: United States Senator Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has said that Pakistan`s support can help destabilise the Taliban far more rapidly than U.S. military operations alone could.
Senator Corker asserted that while Mullah Mansour`s elimination was an important victory in the fight against terror, such strikes alone could not achieve the desired result of uprooting the Taliban movement.
"If Pakistan would play a more constructive role, we could destabilise the Taliban far more rapidly," Dawn quoted him as saying.He is the same senator who blocked U.S. financing for the F-16 sale to Pakistan.Last Saturday, a U.S. drone strike eliminated Taliban chief Mullah Mansour in Pakistan`s Balochistan province, drawing objection from Pakistan.
The U.S. officials and lawmakers have repeatedly urged Pakistan to take immediate action against the militants reported to be hiding inside the country.
Meanwhile, Congressman Schiff also noted that while Pakistan had objected to the strike, the response had been somewhat "muted," likely because they knew the U.S. action was right.
"I think that Pakistan must realise that they`ve got some serious problems in Congress, in terms of the relationship", said Mr Schiff. The Pakistanis are "desperately eager to have the support and military aircraft and don`t want to jeopardise that," he said.