Washington, October 4: India has again and again exposed Pakistan of harbouring terrorism in other countries and always said that Pakistani government, security forces including intelligence agency ISI are responsible for providing a safe haven for terrorism and terrorist groups. The United States has also accepted that Pakistan's intelligence agency, ISI has connections with terrorist groups and runs its own foreign policy.
During a Congressional hearing, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, told members that it is very clear that Pakistan's intelligence agency, ISI has connections with terrorist groups and runs its own foreign policy. He said, "I think it's clear to me that the ISI has connections with terrorist groups."
American General slammed Pakistan saying, “We have seen havens left to the terrorists' own devices. We have seen the government of Pakistan come down on terrorism, while ISI appears to run its own foreign policy."
While responding to a question from Senator Joe Donnelly, General Joseph Dunford said the United States has had a bilateral approach to trying to effect a change in Pakistan's behavior but there was no change. Dunford further hoped that a multilateral approach might help in bringing changes in Pakistan's behaviour.
On this occasion, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said that ISI runs its own policy and does not seem to be controlled by the federal government. He, earlier, slammed China over China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying it passes through a disputed territory and no country should put itself into a position of dictating the Belt and Road initiative.
As soon as the top US general gave the statement, Pakistan denied all the allegations. Interestingly, the statement of top US Army general came hours before the Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif landed in Washington on a three-day visit. Asif is on a three-day visit to the US as part of efforts to rebuild bilateral ties frayed after Trump accused Pakistan of sheltering terror groups. Asif is scheduled to meet the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the National Security Adviser H R McMaster and address the think-tank community at the US Institute of Peace.