Pak must 'do more' against extremists to help US in Afghan war: Jones

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Washington, Jan.26 (ANI): Urging Pakistan to 'do more' in the fight against extremists, US National Security Advisor General (retired) James Jones has assured Islamabad that Washington is committed to supporting Islamabad in the future.

Jones said Pakistan is critical for the region's future and America's success in the 'war on terror' in Afghanistan.

Addressing the Centre for American Progress, a US think-tank, Jones said the success of international forces in Afghanistan was directly related to Pakistan's action against the terror safe havens situated in the tribal region along the Afghan border.

"It is beyond question that the speed with which we're able to achieve our goals in Afghanistan has a relationship with the willingness of Pakistan to take on the fact that safe havens exist in the border region," Jones said.

He said it was important that Islamabad understands the seriousness of the issue as soon as possible.

"The Obama administration would "do everything it can to ... convince them of the urgency of the moment, not just for Afghanistan, but for Pakistan and the region itself," Jones said.

He said that President Obama understands Pakistan's concerns and is trying to allay all misnomers regarding the US.

This is not the first time that a top US official has raised questions over Pakistan's willingness to dismantle militant hot beds present inside the country.

American officials have been raising concerns over the support that the extremists were receiving from inside Pakistan's establishment. (ANI)

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