Pakistan Has Suffered, Should Do More to Counter Terrorism: Kerry

US Secretary of State, John Kerry, conceded in his remarks that Pakistan has made considerable progress in fighting extremism in recent months as he urged Islamabad to do more in fighting against militants hiding within its borders at the same time. Mr. Kerry made the statement during the second day of a visit to India on Wednesday, when he stated that “it is clear that Pakistan has work to do in order to push harder against its indigenous groups that are engaged in extremist activities.”

In his remarks, Kerry alleged that the United States had made it clear to Islamabad that it needs to act against groups such as the Taliban-linked Haqqani network and Lashkar-e-Taiba that are suspected of operating from Pakistan to launch attacks against its neighbours India and Afghanistan. He mentioned that “in fairness, the Pakistanis have suffered greatly from terrorism in their own country,” adding that “all of us need to be supportive and also understanding of how difficult it is to take it on step by step.” He stressed that “I believe that in the last months progress is being made and the Pakistanis are moving at a greater pace.” The United States accuses Pakistan of not doing enough against the Haqqani militants. Pakistan denies this.

Furthermore, Kerry cautioned that Islamabad Islamabad should not feel isolated by fresh talks that are planned between the United States, India and Afghanistan next month in New York. He pointed out that “my hope is that Pakistan as a country is not isolated by this but is encouraged by this.”

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