Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton has said that it`s tragic that terrorism is the main
threat to Pakistan but applauded the country`s military "what
it was doing".
"I think that the Pakistani military is doing what it
must do. It is doing everything in its power to help the
people of Pakistan. It`s just tragic that this threat of
terrorism which now the Pakistani intelligence and military
services say is the number one threat to Pakistan continues,"
Clinton told the Geo TV of Pakistan in an interview.
Clinton`s brief passing remarks on this issue came
days after `The Wall Street Journal` had reported that the
Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) in a recent internal
assessment report has concluded that it is terrorism, not
India, which poses the most threat to their national security. “.
"I applaud what the military is doing, but it`s very
unfortunate that there can`t be a cessation of these terrible
terrorist attacks and an end to this assault on the people and
Government of Pakistan," she said. “.
Hitting the terrorists outfits hard for continuing
attacks despite one-fifth of Pakistan was affected by severe
flood, she said that isn`t it a tragic commentary that while
this terrible natural disaster is happening, there are still
terrorist attacks going on? I mean, have they no shame? “.
"Have they no human caring or sympathy for their
fellow Pakistanis that they would continue to assassinate
people and blow up targets while millions are fleeing for
their lives with their children on their backs? I don`t even
know how to respond to that," Clinton said. “.
The Secretary of State said there was a great urgency
that the government is trying to bring to bear in confronting
this natural disaster, which is truly unprecedented. “.
"It`s sort of the right of anyone in a democracy,
which thank goodness Pakistan is - especially with a free
press - to criticize one`s government. I know that. I have
been in government and I have received a lot of incoming
criticism. And government can always do better. Government
must do better," she said. “.
"But at this point in time, the people and
institutions of Pakistan must pull together. There`s a time to
be critical and pointing fingers and trying to score political
points, and then there`s a time to put that to one side and
save lives and rebuild Pakistan. And that`s what I hope is
happening," Clinton said. “.