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Pakistan slipping out of US grip into China’s orbit, warn intelligence agencies

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is increasing slipping out of United States’ grip and getting closer to China, several intelligence agencies told Trump administration.
“Seventeen US intelligence agencies have warned Congress that Pakistan will continue to slip out of America’s influence and into China’s orbit in 2019, and will become a threat to Washington’s interests in the South Asian region,” states a report in Pakistan daily Dawn.
These 17 agencies include the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Security Agency (NSA), and several others.
The agencies warned Pakistan will continue to threaten US interests by “deploying new nuclear weapons capabilities, maintaining its ties to militants, restricting counterterrorism cooperation, and drawing closer to China.”
Militant organisations will keep seeking refuge on Pakistan’s soil and plan attacks on India and Afganistan, the report adds.
India-Pakistan relationship in the meantime will remain tense, as violence continues on the Line of Control and “the risk of escalation if there is another high-profile terrorist attack in India or an uptick in violence on the Line of Control”.
India-China relations will also remain tense, said the agencies.
“The agencies informed Congress that in 2019, relations between India and China will remain tense and will possibly deteriorate further, despite the negotiated settlement to their three-month border standoff in August,” said the Dawn report.