US asks Pak to do "everything possible to defeat insurgency" clearly existing on its soil

Written by: Anita Nair
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Washington, Dec 22 (ANI): The United States has asked Pakistan to do "everything possible to defeat" insurgency that is "clearly" existent within its border.

"As we've said here many times, Pakistan has taken considerable action in recent years. No military in the world has suffered more casualties in the fight against terrorism than Pakistan," State Department Spokesman P J Crowley told reporters at his daily press briefing.

"That said, clearly there are insurgents within Pakistan's border that are a threat to the government itself, and we will continue to work with Pakistan and encourage Pakistan to continue to do everything possible to defeat this insurgency, which is a risk - which is a danger to Pakistan and a danger to others," he added.

Crowley made these comments in response to a question whether he agreed with a newspaper's assessment that there was "a sense of frustration in the Administration that Pakistan is not doing enough and some of the military generals wants permission to go ahead and cross the border to hit the terrorist safe haven."

When asked how he would describe the US' relationship with Pakistan, strained, friendly or what, Crowley relied: "It's strategic." (ANI)

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