US President Donald Trump,
while speaking at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in
New York, reiterated his government's resolve to hunt down and kill terrorists
wherever they are.
Reaffirming his government's
resolve to fight terrorism he said, "We must deny the terrorists safe
haven, transit, funding, and any form of support for their vile and sinister
ideology and we must drive them out of our nations."
And then, in a clear warning
again to nations harbouring terrorists, he said it was time to expose and hold
responsible those countries who support and finance terror groups like
Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Taliban and others that slaughter innocent people. Though
not named here, the world clearly knows that Pakistan is indeed a safe haven
for terror groups like Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
And like he had said just a
week ago, speaking during the 9/11 Memorial Observance at the Pentagon, he
repeated that the US and its allies were working together to crush terrorists
and stop the re-emergence of safe havens
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It was a great honor to have
spoken before the countries of the world at the United Nations.
His Afghanistan policy, that
he unveiled in July, found a place in his maiden UNGA speech. He said that from
now on, the US security interests will dictate the length and scope of its
While speaking on the policy
last month, Trump had slammed Pakistan for being a safe haven for terrorists
and had sought to increase India's role in Afghanistan. Earlier, Modi-Trump
Joint Statement in June had called Pakistan a safe haven for terrorists and the
term made its way to the US Country Report on Terrorism in July.
The US is disappointed and
angry over Pakistan's double-dealings, the country that has been a major
recipient of US financial aid, over $15 billion in just last five years.
While detailing his South
Asia policy, Trump slammed Pakistan and warned that the US will no longer be
silent about Pakistan's double-dealings. He demanded that Pakistan's attitude
of doublespeak had to change immediately.
Pakistan was still reeling
under the pressure of an increasingly demanding US to crack down on terror
networks when another powerful bloc of countries, the BRICS, alluded to
Pakistan to rein in the terror groups operating from its soil.
It was a double whammy for
Pakistan because the censure came from a multilateral platform which had its
all-weather ally China as one of founding members besides India, Russia and
Trump's warning again, this
time from the world's only organization with a truly global participation, the
United Nations, should only add to that pressure, when he made his priorities
clear in unequivocal terms that "the US will stop radical Islamic
terrorism because it cannot allow it to tear up his nation, and indeed to tear
up the entire world."