Washington: Extremist groups pose enormous threat to Pakistan, and the United States wants to find ways to work constructively with Islamabad to address these challenges, the State Department has said.
“We’re working together with Pakistan. We want to find ways that we can act jointly on our shared challenges. We continue to pursue those interests,” Deputy State Department Spokesperson Mark C Toner told a regular press briefing.
‘We’re obviously – as we’ve said many times, Pakistan is under enormous threat from extremist groups. We want to find ways to work constructively with them to address these challenges,” he added.
Responding to a question, Toner said that much of the US’ work in Pakistan is geared towards building the kind of institutions that will strengthen Pakistani democracy.
“So we’re clearly – we want to see a strong democracy emerge in Pakistan that works side by side with the military, and that’s to the benefit of the Pakistani people moving forward,” he stressed.
When asked if the US had the confidence that the current Pakistani regime has the capacity and the intent to meet all those challenges that it want them to, Toner said: “We do believe they’re capable of it, and certainly for our part, we’re willing to work with them to address those shared challenges.”