Pakistan's "collaboration" with terrorism is a widely known fact. The religion-based country has been accused by neighbouring counties India, Iran, Afghanistan and other nations like the United States and France of funding and supporting terrorist activities.
On Thursday, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said that world terrorism will not come to an end till some countries continue to fund it.
At Raisina Dialogue, Rawat said, “The future of terrorism is going to be as dirty as conventional combat. Terrorism is here to stay, so long as there are states who are sponsoring it. War on terror will continue, and we will have to live with it until we get to the root of it."
He said that the best way to put a stop to terrorism is diplomatic isolation. We need to isolate terrorism - you cannot have countries which are partnering with you in the global war on terror with you and are yet sponsoring proxies and terrorism. For this, an international messaging has to go - like blacklisting in FATF - it was a good measure."
The General made it clear that he was not only talking about Pakistan but also other terror-finding countries. He further added that these countries need to take responsibility for their role in spurring terrorism. “To say that they are not denying it, and that they themselves are the victims of terrorism cannot go on forever.”
To combat terror, Rawat also talked about a peace deal with the Taliban. “You have to come to a peace deal with anyone, including Taliban. They (Taliban) need to understand that have to come to political mainstream,” General Rawat said. “They were in power last time, but they had the power of the gun behind them,” he added. “You have to change the ideology behind the Taliban. Only then can you bring peace in the region,” General Rawat said.
Pakistan has been described as a "Terrorist safe haven" by the United States Country Reports on Terrorism; a black mark they are still struggling to erase. They are under diplomatic pressure to show progress on combating terrorism. The country is known to be a safe place where terrorists are able to recruit, raise funds, and operative in security.