Pak needs to do more to check militants: Clinton
Asking Pakistan to do more to combat militancy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned it of "consequences" if a successful terrorist attack in the US is traced back to that country.world Updated: May 14, 2010 20:50 IST
Asking Pakistan to do more to combat militancy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned it of "consequences" if a successful terrorist attack in the US is traced back to that country.
"We think that there's more that has to be done. And we do fear the consequences of a successful attack that can be traced back to Pakistan, because we value a more comprehensive relationship. So we do expect more," Clinton said at an interaction at the 'US Institute of Peace', a Washington-based think tank.
Clinton appeared along with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who concluded his four-day trip to Washington Thursday, to discuss Afghan-US relationship in the context of the latter's visit and the situation in the region.
Referring to the strategic relationship being developed with Pakistan, Clinton said: "The fact that we have expanded our interactions far beyond the counter-terrorism agenda, which was basically what we inherited, that we are focused on trying to create a broader and deeper understanding between our two countries and that we have gone quite a distance in creating a better atmosphere."
Clinton expressed concern over the recent attacks by extremists inside Pakistan.
"We are concerned about the recent attack and other efforts that thankfully have not been successful, just as you heard President Karzai said that he was concerned," she said.
Referring to the military actions in Swat and Waziristan, Clinton said she was "encouraged by the way that the Pakistani government and military has, in this past year, been much more willing to go after the terrorists who are not only threatening outsiders but threatening them."
In an apparent reference to the Times Square bombing attempt, in which investigation has revealed the involvement of Pakistani Taliban, Clinton said the probe is going well between the investigative bodies of the two countries.
"There is a lot of effort that is being undertaken on the Pakistani side to provide information to our teams over here. And we just believe strongly that there is more that Pakistan must do to face what is now a common enemy," the top US diplomat underlined.
"You know, the attacks by the extremists inside Pakistan are no longer aimed across their borders. They are aimed at destroying and killing people in mosques, in markets, in every walk of society."
"So this is a matter of great concern to the American people and to our government. But we think that the concern is being reciprocated on the part of Pakistan," Clinton said.