Pakistan must take more effective action against terror groups: US

Sunday, 20 November 2016

A petition asked the Obama administration to declare Pakistan as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, as desired by a bill introduced in the US House of Representatives by two Congressmen Ted Poe and Dana Rohrabacher. Pakistan “can and must” take more effective action against terror groups operating from its soil as no state should allow its territory to be used to launch attacks into another, the White House has said.

“While recognising the sacrifices of the people and the security forces of Pakistan in fighting some militant and terrorist networks — a fight which we support — President (Barack) Obama has emphasised that Pakistan “can and must” also take more effective action against terrorist groups operating from its soil,” a senior White House official said yesterday.

“The President has made it very clear that no state should allow its territory to be used by terrorists to launch attacks into another state, and we will continue to engage on this issue,” he said in response to a ‘We the People’ online petition that was signed by a record 665,769 people.

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