Washington: As Times Square bombing attempt suspect Faisal Shahzad was linked to terror groups in his homeland, the United States came to the aid of its key ally saying of late Islamabad has been taking "aggressive action" against militants.
"Pakistan has for a number of years been taking aggressive action," State Department spokesman Philip J Crowley told reporters on Thursday denying suggestions Pakistan was not taking action against terrorist groups.
Pakistan was doing so as it "came to realise that groups within its borders, even groups that entities from the Pakistani government has had historical relations with, now in fact threaten Pakistan just as much as they threaten other countries in the region and other regions of the world," he said.
Crowley`s remark was an obvious reference to Pakistani spy agency ISI`s well known ties with militant groups responsible for terror attacks in India.
"I think we are very satisfied with the pace of action that Pakistan has taken over the last couple of years," he said.
"Pakistan itself, you know, will be the first to tell you that it is doing a lot.”
"And over time, it will have to do more in order to defeat these groups that threaten the state of Pakistan, threaten the regional security and obviously pose a risk to the United States as well," Crowley said.
Once the US was able to "understand what kind of support might have been given" to the Times Square suspect Faisal Shahzad "we`ll pass that on to Pakistan. And we would hope that Pakistan will take appropriate action in place," he said.
But Crowley refused to entertain a suggestion that "all these terrorists come" from Pakistan. "I`m not going to entertain a question that-that implicates one country, and to suggest that all terrorism in the world is the responsibility of one country. That`s not true," he said.
At the White House, spokesman Robert Gibbs parried questions whether Shahzad `s possible contacts in Pakistan and the role of Pakistan Taliban had come up for discussion during President Barack Obama`s meeting with his key aides on the Pakistan Afghanistan situation.
"I will just say that in the hour and 15 minutes the President spent in that room it was a comprehensive discussion of all of our issues dealing with Afghanistan and Pakistan," he said.
Asked if the US was "pleased or satisfied with Pakistan`s cooperation" on the Times Square case investigation so far, Gibbs responded with just a "Yes”.