“The president has made clear that we need to see a change in behaviour of those in the region, which includes those who are providing safe haven and support bases for the Taliban, Haqqani Network and others,” US National Security Adviser Gen. Mr McMaster said as quoted in reports.
“This is Pakistan in particular that we want to really see a change in and a reduction of their support for these groups. I mean, this is of course, you know, a very paradoxical situation where Pakistan is taking great losses. They have fought very hard against these groups, but they’ve done so really only selectively,” he added.
U.S. officials have often accused Pakistan of helping the militants, a charge Islamabad denies.
The president, McMaster said, has made a number of decisions on Afghanistan.
“There’s a tremendously successful campaign going on with Afghan forces in the lead,” McMaster said.
“It’s an underreported campaign in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The president has said that he does not want to place restrictions on the military that undermine our ability to win battles in combat.”
“He has lifted those restrictions and you’re beginning to see the payoff of that as well,” he added.