May need India to deal with 'semi-unstable' Pakistan: Donald Trump

Washington: Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump yesterday hinted at seeking help from India and others to address the "problem" of what he described as a "semi-unstable" nuclear-armed Pakistan.

Donald Trump at a rally in Indianapolis. Pic/AFP
Donald Trump at a rally in Indianapolis. Pic/AFP

Trump’s remarks came during a town hall in Indianapolis in response to a question on how he would deal with countries like Pakistan which have sometimes "double dealt" with the US. "Yes, but the problem with Pakistan, where they have nuclear weapons — which is a real problem. Pakistan is semi-unstable," said Trump.

"At the same time, if you look at India and some of the others, maybe they’ll be helping us out, because we’re going to look at it. We have many, many countries that we give a lot of money to and we get absolutely nothing in return and that’s going to stop fast," Trump said.

Trump’s remarks came on a day when lawmakers questioned the rationale of the Obama administration to give billions of dollars in aid to Pakistan without desired results. "Despite giving Pakistan enormous amounts of counter terror assistance, terrorist organisations continue to operate with impunity there. Pakistan has used terror as a tool of statecraft and terrorist proxy groups for their military have carried out fatal attacks inside India," Congressman Matt Salmon said during a Congressional hearing.

"Pakistan is a nation of 180 million people with a history of terrorist activities, roughly 100 nuclear weapons and a very confused body politic," said Congressman Brad Sherman. "We need to offer to Pakistan those weapon systems well-crafted to go after terrorists and not for a war with India," he said.   

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