‘Pakistan will be in Chinese orbit in 2019, will become a threat to US interests in South Asia’

Washington: Pakistan will continue to slip out of America’s influence and into the orbit of China in 2019 and eventually it will become a ‘threat’ in the South Asian region, reported the Dawn .

This was ‘warned’ by seventeen US intelligence agencies in the annual report presented in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee by US Intelligence Chief Daniel R. Coats.

The 17 agencies that jointly produced this report include Central Intelligence Agency, Defence Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency.

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In their report on Pakistan, the agencies warned that the country will continue to threaten US interests by “deploying new nuclear weapons capabilities, maintaining its ties to militants, restricting counter terrorism cooperation, and drawing closer to China”.

The report also mentioned that ‘Islamabad backed militant groups’ will take advantage of the alleged ‘safe havens’ in country and continue to ‘attack’ India, Afghanistan, including against US interests’.

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The agencies also warned Pakistan’s perception of its “eroding position relative to India, reinforced by endemic economic weakness and domestic security issues, almost certainly will exacerbate long-held fears of isolation and drive Islamabad’s pursuit of actions that run counter to US goals for the region”.

In a brief assessment of Islamabad’s nuclear programme, US intelligence agencies informed Congress that Pakistan continues to produce nuclear weapons and develop new types, including short-range tactical weapons, sea-based cruise missiles, air-launched cruise missiles, and longer-range ballistic missiles.

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