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US should do more against terrorism: Gilani

world Updated: Sep 17, 2011 01:18 IST
Pakistan Prime Minister

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Friday that his nation had contributed enormously in the fight against terrorism and extremism and that it was now time for the United States to "do more" in the campaign against terror.

"Now, it's the time that they (US) should do more (for the war on terrorism)," Gilani told reporters on the sidelines of a function at a girls' college here.

During the past decade, Pakistan had "sacrificed much in battling the menace of terrorism" and the country should not be "pressurized to do more", he said.

The premier's remarks came a day after Pakistan's Foreign Office rejected a warning by US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that Washington would retaliate against attacks by Pakistan-based militants.

The Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua said Panetta's remarks were "out of line" with ongoing counter-terrorism cooperation between the two sides.

Reacting to statements by Panetta and US Vice President Joe Biden that were critical of Pakistan's role in the war on terror, Janjua said Islamabad could act against any high-value targets only if there is timely intelligence-sharing.