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Pak needs to show 'greater willingness' to fight terror: US

world Updated: Apr 16, 2009 17:29 IST

Taking stock of Pakistan's cooperation with the US in the fight against terror, a top counter-terrorism official here has said there have been "many" occasions when intelligence and military services of the Islamic nation lacked "greater willingness and capability" to combat militancy.

"I don't think it's any surprise to anyone that there are many times that the US government wished the Pakistan government intelligence and military services had greater willingness and capability to do some of the things that need to be done,"

Michael E Leiter, Director of the National Counter-terrorism Centre, said at the Aspen Institute.

He was responding to a question on the willingness of Pakistan to cooperate with the US in its fight against terrorism.

On the issue of US drone strikes in Pakistan's restive tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, Leiter acknowledged that such missile strikes were having some negative repercussions. "I'll be one of the first to admit that there are - there have been some negative repercussions of targeted efforts against al-Qaeda senior leadership in Pakistan.

"It's just not an absolute good. But in this work we have to consider both the short term and the long term," he said.