Tahlka News Bureau
New Delhi: Administration of Donald Trump has blamed Pak for deteriorating Indo-Pak relations also warned that the ties might ruined further if another "high-profile" terrorist attack emerge from across the border this year.
"Islamabad's is failed to curb support to anti-India militants.
And New Delhi's growing intolerance of this policy, coupled with a perceived lack of progress in Pakistan's investigations into the January 2016 Pathankot cross-border attack, set the stage for a deterioration of bilateral relations in 2016,"
Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing. Testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence along with top intelligence officials.
Daniel Coats said the relations between India and Pakistan have became more tense following two major terrorist attacks in 2016 by militants crossing into India from Pakistan.
Coats said in deteriroating relations said his testimony before the Senate committee on worldwide threats. Supporting India's pre-condition for bilateral talks on Islamabad stopping support to cross border terrorism.
Increasing numbers of cross-firing along the LoC including the use of artillery and mortars, might worsen the risk of unintended escalation between the two countries.
"Easing of heightened Indo-Pak tension, including negotiations to renew official dialogue, will probably hinge in 2017 on a sharp and sustained reduction of cross-border attacks by terrorist groups based in Pakistan and progress in the Pathankot investigation," Coats said.
"Pakistan will likely turn to China to offset its isolation, empowering a relationship that will help Beijing to project influence into the Indian Ocean," said the top US intelligence official.
In his remarks ahead of the possible release of the Afghanistan policy of the Trump Administration, he said "Pakistani-based terrorist groups will present a sustained threat to the US interests in the region and continue to plan and conduct attacks in India and Afghanistan."
"The threat to the US and the West from Pakistani-based terrorist groups will be persistent but diffuse. Plotting against the US homeland will be conducted on a more opportunistic basis or driven by individual members within these groups,"