New York, Sept 23 : In the aftermath of the Saturday's hotel blast in Islamabad killing 60 persons, the US State Department has said that Washington needed to carry on working with Pakistan and Afghanistan in combating terrorism.
State Department spokesman Robert Wood said that the massive blast showed why all the three - the US, Pakistan and Afghanistan - needed to work together in fighting out terrorism.
"If you look at what happened on Saturday, this is an example of why we, the Pakistanis, the Afghans, need to work and redouble our efforts to counter extremism in this region. We'll continue to work with the Pakistanis on trying to deal with the Taliban and Al Qaeda threat," the Daily Times quoted Wood as saying.
He said that the US will work with Pakistan to strengthen its ability to fight terrorism.
Meanwhile, Adviser on Interior to Pakistan Prime Minister Rehman Malik, was quoted as saying, "We do not need help. We are competent. We reject it."