Pakistan achieves success in reducing violence: US General
WASHINGTON (92 News) – US Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Robert Ashley on Wednesday said that while praising the operation against terrorists in Pakistan said that the efforts have had success in reducing violence from militant, sectarian, terrorist, and separatist groups.
Briefing the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Lt Gen Robert Ashley said that Pakistan will look to the US and the Afghan government for support against anti-Pakistan fighters in Afghanistan.
He said Islamabad is likely to proceed with its counterinsurgency operations and border management efforts along its western border while sustaining counterterrorism and paramilitary operations throughout the country.
Pakistan is continuing its operation against terrorism, he added.
“Continued exchange of heavy fire between Indian and Pakistani forces along the Line of Control poses a risk of inadvertent or gradual escalation of hostilities,” he said.
Ashley went on to say that Islamabad was increasing its nuclear stockpile and developing tactical nuclear weapons and new ballistic missile systems.
In January 2017, Pakistan conducted the first test launch of its nuclear-capable Ababeel ballistic missile, demonstrating South Asia’s first MIRV payload, and in early July, Pakistan demonstrated an expanded-range Nasr CRBM,” Ashley said.
Commenting on India, the US General said: “India seeks status as a global power, adding that as such New Delhi perceives its strategic forces as necessary elements to achieve that goal.”
He said India continues to modernise its military to better posture itself to defend its interests at home and in the broader Indian Ocean region while reinforcing its diplomatic and economic outreach across Asia.
“New Delhi has put its first domestically built nuclear submarine, the INS Arihant, into service, and is set to take delivery of its second nuclear sub, the INS Arighat,” he added.