WASHINGTON: The US Senator Tim Kaine has said that Pakistan is now sincerely acting against terrorists in North Waziristan and other areas.
“My sense is that Pakistan is now really going after enclaves of terrorists in North Waziristan and other areas. They are sincerely doing it,” Senator Kaine said at a meeting with Defence Writers Group in Washington.
Senator Kaine said that Pakistan under Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is moving away from terrorism as a result of effective operations against terrorists.
The US Senator said that the directional change came after the 2013 general elections which brought a new democratic set-up in the South Asian country.
Tim Kaine said that the terrorist organizations are feeling tough pressure from the government.
“Those organizations are feeling tough pressure. They are fighting back on the Pakistani government because they are feeling that the Pakistani government is cracking down on them,” he said.
Sharif paid a four-day official visit to Washington from October 20 to 23 during which he met the top US leadership including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, Senator Tim Kaine and members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and discussed a whole range of issues pertaining to bilateral cooperation and regional security.
“War against terrorism, continued presence of terrorist safe havens was one of the major topics of discussion with the visiting Pakistani leader,” Senator Kaine said who is also a member of two powerful Senate committees on foreign relations and armed services.