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Pakistan must redouble efforts to confront terrorists

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US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis talks tough to Pakistan

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said on Saturday that indiscriminate action by Pakistan against terrorist safe havens inside the country are in the regional and Pakistan's interest.

The defense secretary will then travel to Pakistan, Dec. 4, where he is planning to meet with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Bajwa.

Yesterday, Mattis embarked on a journey to re-affirm the enduring U.S. commitment to partnerships in the Middle East, West Africa and South Asia.

Mattis is the first top US official to visit Pakistan after August 21, when President Trump had announced his new South Asia Strategy.

Pakistan's Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan and Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant-General Naveed Mukhtar also met with the USA delegation, the press note said.

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Friday began his crucial five-day tour of the Middle East and Pakistan.

That message seemingly not reached the Pakistani leadership.

The Secretary reiterated that Pakistan must redouble its efforts to confront militants and terrorists operating within the country.

Saeed, accused of masterminding the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people, was released on November 24 after a Pakistan judicial body ordered his release from house arrest, rejecting a request from the government of Punjab to extend his detention by three months.

President Donald Trump has warned Pakistan that the United States "will not be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorists" and that "it has much to lose by continuing to harbour criminals and terrorists".

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