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Aid to Pak linked with its fight against terrorism: US official

world Updated: Apr 05, 2009 22:44 IST

US aid to Pakistan would be linked with its ability and willingness to root out extremist organisations from the country, a top US envoy said in Washington.

"The assistance that we will be providing to Pakistan, both economic and military, will be tied to Pakistan's ability and willingness to continue to do as it has been doing, which is to try to root out these extremists," US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice said.

Rice, who has been given the rank of a Cabinet in the Obama Administration, said Pakistan has the most immediate stake in preventing the spread of extremism within its own territory. Actions of Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and other terror outfits threaten Pakistan on a daily basis, as they threaten us as well, she told the ABC News in an interview.

"So our aim in the new policy that the president has unveiled, which got unanimous support from all of our NATO partners, embraced and endorsed earlier this week in The Hague by more than 80 countries, is focused on supporting both Afghanistan and Pakistan in their efforts to root out this sort of extremism," Rice said.

A US bill seeking to triple non-military aid to Pakistan to a massive $1.5 billion annually has asked Islamabad to stop supporting terror groups active in India, recognising that certain elements in its establishment, specially ISI, have aided and trained such organisations over the past few decades.