Pakistan ‘can and must’ take effective action against terrorists: Obama

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Sunday said that Pakistan ‘can and must’ take more effective action against terrorist groups operating from its soil.

In an interview to Press Trust of India, Barack Obama said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif knows that insecurity in Pakistan is a threat to its own stability and the entire region.

He said in the wake of attack on the Army Public School in December 2014, PM Sharif had vowed to target all terrorists regardless of their agenda or affiliation.

“That is the right policy. Since then, we have seen Pakistan take action against several specific groups. We have also seen continued terrorism inside Pakistan such as the recent attack on the university in north west Pakistan,” Obama said.

Speaking in favour of indiscriminate action against terrorists, he said Pakistan has the opportunity to show seriousness in dismantling the terror networks.

Barack Obama termed the Pathankot airbase attack as another example of an inexcusable act of terrorism. He appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for reaching out to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif after the Pathankot attack.

He said since the day he came to power he worked on strengthening cooperation with India.

Barack Obama said he believed that “the relationship between India and the US can be one of the defining partnerships of this century.”

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