Pakistan must continue to target all militant groups: John Kirby

Washington: After Islamabad announced it has commenced work on the “leads” provided by India, a top US official stated that, US expects Pakistan will take steps against the committers of the terror outbreak on Indian Airforce (IAF) base in Pathankot.

John Kirby, State department Spokesman on Monday said, “The government of Pakistan has spoken very powerfully to this and it’s certainly our expectation that they’ll treat this exactly the way they’ve said they would.” Calling terrorism a “shared challenge” in South Asian region, the US also asked all countries in this part of the world, to work hand in hand in disrupting and dismantling the terrorist web. America has noted that the Pakistan government, also publicly and privately criticized this terror attack.

Kirby in a statement said that, US has been clear with the highest administration of the government of Pakistan that it will continue its target operations of all militant groups. The government of Pakistan has publicly and privately said that there will be no discrimination among terrorist groups as part of its counter-terrorism operation. “So this is a shared challenge that we all face in the region and we in the United States want everybody to treat it as a shared challenge,” Kirby said, adding that the US has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Punjab’s Pathankot.

Kirby stated that, US will continue to engage with the government of Pakistan to that end the threat of terrorism. He believes that there’s more everybody can do, as this is a shared challenge, and this challenge doesn’t necessarily observe borders and boundaries. Kirby also noted that normalization of relations between India and Pakistan remains crucial to the security and economic growth of the entire territory.


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