'Pakistan must meet certain expectations on counter-terrorism'
Washington: Pakistan must meet certain expectations on counter-terrorism, including abidance to human rights standards and making economic reforms in order to maintain the "level" of US assistance it has been receiving, a top Pentagon official has said.
"One of the things the Pakistanis have experienced themselves is that, you know, for Congress to support the level of assistance that we provide to them, both civilian and military, certain expectations have to be met, whether it's cooperation in counter-terrorism, whether it's abiding by human rights standards, whether it's dealing with the IMF to make economic reforms," Under Secretary of Defence for Policy, Michele Flournoy said in a TV interview.
"There are things that I think undergird the ability of the international community to support them. And so we are very open in our dialogue with them, we're being very clear about the kinds of things that are necessary for us to be able to continue our support," Flournoy told the popular 'Charlie Rose show' on the PBS.
She said the US was trying to convince Pakistan that they too have a stake in a stable Afghanistan, in a stable region, in reasserting governance over their own territory.
"We view al Qaeda, Haqqani, the Taliban, these are all part of a syndicate of groups that help each other. The Pakistanis tend to make finer distinctions between them – you know, not being tolerated -- tolerant to some, like al Qaeda, but otherwise tolerating others. We are trying to work with them to shift that perspective and shift that calculus," she said.
The Pentagon official said that Pakistan needs to continue and improve cooperation across the range on counter-terrorism.
"I also think in other areas beyond the range of the Defence Department where, I sit. In the economic domain, there are a number of economic reforms we'd like to see them make to be able to be -- have our economic assistance be more effective as well," she said.
Flournoy, however, said she was satisfied that Pakistan had taken a number of steps to ensure that the nuclear arsenal they have was secure.