Pak needs to do more to check militants: Hillary
Asking Pakistan to do more to combat militancy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned it of "consequences".
Washington: Asking Pakistan to do more to
combat militancy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has
warned it of "consequences" if a successful terrorist attack
in the US is traced back to that country.
"We think that there`s more that has to be done. And
we do fear the consequences of a successful attack that can be
traced back to Pakistan, because we value a more comprehensive
relationship. So we do expect more," Clinton said at an
interaction at the `US Institute of Peace`, a Washington-based
Clinton appeared along with Afghan President Hamid
Karzai, who concluded his four-day trip to Washington
yesterday, to discuss Afghan-US relationship in the context of
the latter`s visit and the situation in the region.
Referring to the strategic relationship being
developed with Pakistan, Clinton said: "The fact that we have
expanded our interactions far beyond the counter-terrorism
agenda which was basically what we inherited, that we are
focused on trying to create a broader and deeper understanding
between our two countries and that we have gone quite a
distance in creating a better atmosphere."
Clinton expressed concern over the recent attacks by
extremists inside Pakistan.
"We are concerned about the recent attack and other
efforts that thankfully have not been successful, just as you
heard President Karzai said that he was concerned," she said.
Referring to the military actions in Swat and
Waziristan, Clinton said she was "encouraged by the way that
the Pakistani government and military has, in this past year,
been much more willing to go after the terrorists who are not
only threatening outsiders but threatening them".
In an apparent reference to the Times Square bombing
attempt, in which investigation has revealed the involvement
of Pakistani Taliban, Clinton said the probe is going well
between the investigative bodies of the two countries.
"There is a lot of effort that is being undertaken on
the Pakistani side to provide information to our teams over
here. And we just believe strongly that there is more that
Pakistan must do to face what is now a common enemy," the top
US diplomat underlined.
"You know, the attacks by the extremists inside
Pakistan are no longer aimed across their borders. They are
aimed at destroying and killing people in mosques, in markets,
in every walk of society.
"So this is a matter of great concern to the American
people and to our government. But we think that the concern is
being reciprocated on the part of Pakistan," Clinton said.