'Pakistan banned Jamat-ud-Dawah for its interest'
The United States has said that Pakistan banned the Jamat-ud-Dawah for its own interest and not because Islamabad was warned by the Bush administration that it stood to be branded as a terrorist state.world Updated: Dec 13, 2008 14:31 IST
The United States has said that Pakistan banned the Jamat-ud-Dawah for its own interest and not because Islamabad was warned by the Bush administration that it stood to be branded as a terrorist state.
At Foggy Bottom the Spokesman Sean McCormack was asked to clarify a statement by the Defence Minister of Pakistan that Islamabad had to ban the Jamaat because if that hadn't happened, it would have been branded a terrorist state.
"Is that the message the US has sent out?" McCormack was asked.
"No," he replied.
"...Pakistan did this because it saw it in its interest. As we have said many, many times over, the threat from violent extremists is as much a threat to Pakistani people and the Pakistani government as it is to anybody else. All that said, it's a welcome step that they took," he said.
"This is a day-by-day process, and it's something that requires vigilance every single day, fighting terrorism," he said making the point that at no time was there any talk of branding Pakistan as a terrorist state.
The Spokesman was also asked to clarify if the banning of the Jamaat would be one of the topics that the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would be covering when she visits the United Nations next week.
Rice is scheduled to be in New York for two days starting Monday for discussion on a range of issues including Zimbabwe and piracy.
"...There are a lot of different things that she's going to be talking about up there. I'm sure that she will touch on the issues related to India and Pakistan. I know that Foreign Secretary Miliband, at least at this point in time, plans to be up there and she plans to see him. And if they do get together, I'm sure that that topic will come up," he added.