Washington, Jul 22: US secretary Hillary Clinton has once again red alerted the Zadari government that any terror attack on the US soil link with Pakistan would have a "devastating impact" on two sides. She egged Islamabad to take "additional steps" to combat terrorism.
If terror groups are unchecked it can be like having "a poisonous snake in your backyard," Clinton suggested she was "all the time" worried about a terrorist attack against the US from Pakistan.
"There are still additional steps that we are asking and expecting the Pakistanis to take. But there's no doubt in anyone's mind that should an attack on the United States be traced to Pakistan, it would be a very devastating impact on our relationship," Clinton told the BBC in an interview, according to the State Department transcripts.
She said that the Pakistan government is becoming more serious on the terror attacks in protecting own country and elsewhere in the world, a drastic change from the time the Obama administration came to power.
"So we have increased our cooperation, deepened our relationship when it comes to fighting terrorism," she said.
With the coming of Obama Administration the Pakistani government has taken a step higher in tackling the terror groups,said Clinton.
"Now, the Pakistani military has taken significant losses in going after a number of these terrorist groups," she said.
"There is, however, an absolute link now among all these terrorist groups. It's like having a poisonous snake in your backyard, and you think, well, he'll only attack intruders or strangers, he won't turn on us," she continued.
She said terror is clearly a threat to Pakistan, to Afghanistan, and to other countries.
"... and we expect to see greater activity in cooperation with the Pakistanis against all these networks," Clinton said.
And she viewed the terror groups as "a syndicate of terror" which is to divide the countries and themselves
"You can't separate one out... And frankly, they are no longer so choosy about their targets. They are engaged in terrible attacks here in Pakistan and beyond.
"So we are going to continue to press for specific action against all of them," she said.