US President Barack Obama on Wednesday said that Pakistan has realised that it is not India but the "cancer" of terrorism emanating from its own territory that is its primary concern as extremists pose a serious threat to the sovereignty of that country.
"I think there has been in the past a view on the part of Pakistan that their primary rival, India, was their only concern," Obama said at a joint press availability with the visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
"I think what you've seen over the last several months is a growing recognition that they have a cancer in their midst; that the extremist organisations that have been allowed to congregate and use as a base the frontier areas to then go into Afghanistan -- that now threatens Pakistan's sovereignty," Obama said in response to a question.
Our goal is to break down some of the old suspicions and the old bad habits and continue to work with the Pakistani government to see their interest in a stable Afghanistan which is free from foreign meddling, he said.
Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States, the international community should all be working to reduce the influence of extremists in those regions, Obama added.