Pakistan can and must do more against terror groups working within its borders: Barrack Obama

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In an interview published on Sunday by the Press Trust of India; Obama said that Pakistan can and should show its seriousness about dismantling terror networks.

U.S. President Barack Obama stated that Pakistan can and must do more against terror groups operating from within its borders.

Earlier this month, India blamed a Pakistan based militant group for an attack on an Indian air force base that killed seven soldiers.

The issue of militants operating from inside Pakistan has long been a target for U.S. criticism, with its tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan considered hubs for Taliban and al-Qaida-linked fighters.

Pakistan detained several members of the group, Jaish-e-Mohammad, and pledged its help to India’s investigation.

Obama condemned the attack in his comments to PTI, saying it showed why the U.S. and India are working together to fight terrorism. He called the base attack another example of the inexcusable terrorism that India has endured for too long.

President Obama described the January 2 terror attack on the Pathankot air base as another example of the inexcusable terrorism that India has endured for too long.c

Saying that the Indo-US relationship can be one of the defining partnerships of the century, he said that PM Modi shared his enthusiasm for a strong partnership and “we have developed a friendship and close working relationship, including our conversations on the new secure lines between our offices.”

On the Pathankot attack, Mr Obama said that tragedies like this underscore why the US and India continue to be such close partners in fighting terrorism.

Referring to India, President Obama said his visit last year reflected how ties have transformed. He said he believed the relationship between India and the US can be one of the defining partnerships of this century.

President Obama said the two countries were doing even more as global partners including more military exercises, greater cooperation in the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean region and working together to confront climate change.

He said that he continue to believe that America can be India’s best partner. So he hopes that future generations can look back at this moment and see that this was the time when the world’s largest democracies became true global partners.

In his final year as President, continuing to deepen the ties will continue to be one of his foreign policy priorities, he said.

A military offensive against extremists in tribal areas was intensified after the Peshawar attack, although Indian officials say authorities across the border still turn a blind eye to jihadist groups.

 

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