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Pak needs to do more on combating terror: Kerry

world Updated: Feb 26, 2009 09:37 IST

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A powerful American Senator, who heads a Congressional panel on US foreign affairs, has said that Pakistan needs to 'redouble its effort' to crush the ultras operating from its soil and hoped that India would continue to 'exercise restraint' in view of provocations from the terrorists.

Senator John Kerry, Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaking at a function to release a report on Pakistan, appreciated the steps taken by Islamabad in the aftermath of the Mumbai terrorist attack but said that the country needs to do more.

Observing the Mumbai attack serves as a reminder of the common threat that extremism poses to regional and global stability, Kerry said he is 'encouraged' that Pakistan has arrested the key suspects of the terrorists attack, taken steps to shut down Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its front group Jamaat-ud-Dawa.

Kerry praised the restrain showed by New Delhi following the Mumbai terrorist strikes and hoped that India would continue to 'exercise patience and restraint' in the face of the 'tolerable provocation' of the terrorists.