In a stern warning to Pakistan, the United States has said that it “must” act against terrorist groups operating on its soil by delegitimising and destroying terror networks there.
Describing the Pathankot attack as “another example of terrorism that India has put up with for long”, President Barack Obama credited PM Narendra Modi for reaching out to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif after the attack according to the Times of India.
“Both leaders have shown maturity in moving towards a dialogue. Stating that Indo-US ties can be one of the partnerships of the century, Obama said along with Modi “we have developed a close working relationship”.
On the Pathankot attack, he said, “We condemn the attack and salute those who fought to prevent more loss of life and extend our condolences to the victims and their families.”
Obama said Sharif recognised that insecurity in Pakistan was a threat to its own stability. After December 2014 Peshawar school massacre he had vowed to target all militants, regardless of their agenda or affiliation.
He said he still believed that “Pakistan can and must” take more effective action against terrorist groups that operate from its territory.
“Pakistan must show that it is serious about destroying terrorist networks,” he said in an interview.
“Since I took over, I have worked to deepen ties with India. Common values—two democracies, two innovative economies, two diverse societies—make us natural partners. We are also connected by the ties of family, millions of Indian Americans,” said Obama.