Washington: President Barack Obama has
said that it was necessary to have a government in Pakistan
that is working "effectively" with the US to dismantle
terrorist outfits operating there and trying to destabilise
"We have to make sure that we`ve got a Pakistani
government that is working effectively with us to dismantle
these networks," Obama said as he reiterated his goal to
dismantle and destroy al Qaeda and its affiliates.
"The reason we`re there in the first place is
because 3,000 Americans were killed from an attack launched in
that region. We are not going to have that repeated," he said.
In order to achieve that, we have to make sure that
we have a stable Afghan government, and we also have to make
sure that we`ve got a Pakistani government that is working
effectively with us to dismantle these networks, Obama said
in response to a question at a White House news briefing.
Along with the visiting Russian president Dmitry
Medvedev. A day earlier, Obama had said that the United
States would not tolerate terrorist safe haven.
"Our nation is at war. We face a very tough fight in
Afghanistan. But Americans don`t flinch in the face of
difficult truths or difficult tasks. We persist and we
persevere. We will not tolerate a safe haven for terrorists
who want to destroy Afghan society from within and launch
attacks against innocent men, women and children in our
country and around the world," Obama said.
Emerging from the Oval office, soon after his monthly
situation room meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan with his
national security aide, Obama said the goal is to break the
momentum of the Taliban.
"Make no mistake, we have a clear goal. We are going
to break the Taliban`s momentum. We are going to build Afghan
capacity. We are going to relentlessly apply pressure on Al
Qaida and its leadership, strengthening the ability of both
Afghanistan and Pakistan to do the same," he said.