Stop safe haven to ultras, US tells Pak

Stop safe haven to ultras, US tells Pak

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addresses a gathering on advancing India-U.S. relations, in New Delhi. (Reuters Photo)

A top US official on Thursday claimed that the US had sternly conveyed to Pakistan that it wouldn't tolerate Islamabad providing a safe haven to terrorists.

“We can't tolerate Pakistan government, or any other government, giving safe haven to terrorists. We won’t tolerate it. We are communicating this message to Pakistan more strongly than in the past and we hope to see changes,” Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations said while delivering a lecture on the Indo-US relations, organised by Observer Research Foundation here.

“We share an urgent interest in eliminating the terrorist networks that threaten us and to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists and their sponsors. Both our nations lost citizens in the horrific Mumbai attack a decade ago. As fellow democracies, the United States and India must be global leaders in the fight against terrorism,” Haley said.

Describing India and the US as victims of terrorism, Haley said none of the two countries could afford to turn a blind eye to the regimes that produce, harbour, and support terrorists.

“In this area, the US is approaching our relationship with Pakistan differently than in the past,” she said.

On China, Haley said the Chinese expansion in the region had been a matter of concern for the US and many other countries as China didn't share “our commitment to democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental freedoms” unlike India.