Issuing tough warning to Islamabad, the US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke on Tuesday said that Pakistan "must demonstrate" its commitment to root out Al Qaeda and all other terrorist groups within its territory.
The statement came even as the Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is here to attend a tri-lateral summit between President Barack Obama and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai at the White House tomorrow.
Reiterating Obama's pledge not to provide a "blank cheque," Holbrooke, in his testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said: "Pakistan must demonstrate its commitment to rooting out Al Qaeda and the violent extremists within its border."
He said the Obama Administration intends to implement "measures of performance" in its economic, social and military assistance to Pakistan.
The US Envoy, who has been to South Asia twice after being appointed, said: "We must ensure, however, that such tools do not impede the effectiveness of our assistance or play to the "trust deficit" that plagues our bilateral relationship and promotes distrust among the Pakistani people."