US urges Pak to act against militants

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New York, May 9: Alarmed by the failed Times Square bombing, United States on Saturday, May 8, has directed Pakistan to take strict action against Islamic militants in its tribal regions, The New York Times reported.

According to the report General Stanley McChrystal, the US military commander in Afghanistan met Pakistani military chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Friday, May 7, and asked Pakistan to start its military offensive against the Taliban and al-Qaeda in North Waziristan as soon as possible.

The reported quoted officials, who sought anonymity, as saying that US pressurised Pakistan.

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Saturday, May 8, said that Pakistani investigators are looking into the facts provided by United States against Faisal Shahzad, Pakistani-American arrested in connection with the Times Square bombing.

"You can't pretend any longer that this is not going on," a US official was quoted as saying the report.

"We are saying you have got to go into North Waziristan," another official reportedly said.

Another US official warned Pakistan of stringent action if there another successful attack against US.

"We are saying, 'Sorry, if there is a successful attack, we will have to act" inside Pakistan.

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