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Bullying Pakistan won’t work

Calls for the Trump administration to get tough with Pakistan over its ambivalence toward the Afghan Taliban are misguided and likely to be counterproductive. The country has enough problems with Islamist terror

By Rupert Stone  

United States President Donald Trump speaks as Secretary of Defense James Mattis looks on ©Olivier Douliery/DPA/PA Images

Pakistan is in turmoil after a series of terrorist attacks killed more than 130 people in recent weeks. Its government has been quick to react, rounding up suspects and launching a major new paramilitary operation in Punjab. Tensions with the Afghan government also escalated when Pakistan blamed militants in Afghanistan for the attacks and shelled suspected camps across the border.

The new administration of President Donald Trump has largely remained silent throughout, and has yet…

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