New Delhi/Bhopal: Major General (retd.) SR Sinho on Monday said that US Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Pakistan because Washington is providing aid to Islamabad and they want to ensure that the money is rightly spent.
"Definitely John Kerry`s coming to Pakistan is planned because firstly the USA Government is providing aid to Pakistan. They want to ensure that the money is rightly spent. Second thing is that the terrorist groups are creating a lot of trouble inside Pakistan. They are being held by the Pakistan Government as well," said Major General (retd.) Sinho.
"The USA has realized the long-term strategy that these terrorist groups inside Pakistan will also become uncontrollable and they will become the biggest headache for the United States Government and also for Afghanistan. Therefore, to sort out the matter he is coming to Pakistan in this connection," he added.
Major General (retd.) Sinho further said the United States must know that Pakistan is not feeding the correct information to them.
"Therefore, he wants to discuss with the Pakistan Government and make it very clear that they will only come if Pakistan assures that they will take suitable action against these terrorist groups," he added.
Security expert Qamar Agha echoing similar sentiments said that Kerry is one leader who has been supporting Pakistan in military establishment for quite some time.
"Kerry is one leader who has been supporting Pakistan in military establishment for quite some time. And the Pakistan military is involved in some operations against those militants who have turned against the Americans, in Waziristan area," said Agha.
He also said that Pakistan is presently having a selective approach.
"They are involved in operations against those terrorists who have challenged the Pakistan Army or turned against the Americans but allowing other militant organizations to carry on their operations against India in Kashmir or other countries," he added.
The security expert also made it clear that there is no change in Pakistan`s basic policy of strategic depth in which Islamabad is using militancy to gain influence in Central Asia, Afghanistan or in Kashmir.
"Pakistan is also continuing with the policy of `Bleed India` and waging proxy war with the help of these militants. They may have some operations conducted against militants who are against Americans. They are paid for it," he added.
Kerry is scheduled to visit Pakistan later this month to hold the strategic dialogue in Islamabad.