Pakistan going after militant groups, US alleges

Washington—The United States on Thursday said that Pakistan has gone after militant groups ‘selectively’ and urged Islamabad to eliminate all groups, even those that might not threaten Pakistan itself but threaten its neighbors.
“Pakistan has taken and is taking steps to counter terrorist violence, and certainly focusing on those groups that threaten its stability. They’ve restored government control to parts of Pakistan that were used as terrorist safe havens for years,” said U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner during the daily media briefing. He said that these steps have contributed to security interests in the region and they’ve come at a cost of Pakistani lives lost.
“But at the same time, they must target all militant groups including those that target Pakistan’s neighbors, and they must also close all safe havens,” said the spokesman.
“They’re going after groups, but selectively,” he continued further, adding that we need to see them go after even those groups that might not threaten Pakistan itself but threaten its neighbors.—INP

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