Has Donald Trump softened stance on Pakistan after hostages' rescue?

Donald Trump had slammed Pakistan for its continued support to terrorist groups and warned Islamabad of consequences if it continues to do so while announcing his Afghan and South Asia policy in August

US President Donald Trump has, on numerous occasions, told Pakistan to get its act together, especially on home-grown terrorism.

Pakistan Army had on October 12 rescued Canadian citizen Joshua Boyle, his wife Caitlan Coleman, a USA national, and their three children from the detention of the Haqqani network.

Interestingly, it was on October 12 that a Canadian citizen, his US national wife and their three children were recovered from the custody of terrorists by the Pakistan Army - around five years after their abduction in Afghanistan. The US leader said Caitlan Coleman's and Joshua Boyle's release was a "positive moment" for US relations with Pakistan.

This was the first high-level US delegation's visit to Pakistan after Trump had criticised Pakistan for providing "safe havens" to terrorists, while unveiling the new strategy for South Asia and Afghanistan.

The couple was kidnapped in October 2012 while on a backpacking trip that took them to Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and then to Afghanistan.

Earlier, Trump had slammed Pakistan for its continued support to terrorist groups and warned Islamabad of consequences if it continues to do so.

"The Pakistani government's cooperation is a sign that it is honoring America's wish that it do more to provide security in the region", Trump said.

US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said, "I want to be clear on saying how grateful we are to the government of Pakistan". They had three children while in captivity. "Time and again, Pakistan has done it and taken some small steps to deflect pressure", the source, who has sat in multiple meetings with current and past United States administration officials, said. "I would wait to see how the U.S. reacts in terms of actions on the ground vis-a-vis Pakistan and its intentions on fighting terrorism", he said.

Pakistan's rescue of the American-Canadian hostages and Trump's tweet come against the backdrop of a surprise announcement by the Afghanistan foreign ministry last week of the revival of the Pakistan-led Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) to bring the rebel Taliban onto the talks table.

"The president is achieving real results on the global stage, as well", he said. "Just this week, Pakistan took an important step to answer the president's call to do more in the fight against terrorism, as they helped secure the release of an American family that had been held hostage for more than five years", the vice president said.

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