Pakistan ‘can and must’ dismantle all terror networks from its soil: Obama

Obama described the terror attack on the IAF base in Pathankot as "another example of the inexcusable terrorism that India has endured for too long".

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: January 24, 2016 5:28 pm
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In a strong message, US President Barack Obama told Pakistan on Sunday that it “can and must” take more effective action against terrorist groups operating from its soil by “delegitimising, disrupting and dismantling” terror networks there.

Describing the terror attack on the IAF base in Pathankot as “another example of the inexcusable terrorism that India has endured for too long”, Obama gave credit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for reaching out to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif after the attack.

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“Both leaders are advancing a dialogue on how to confront violent extremism and terrorism across the region,” Obama told reporters in an interview in Washington during which he answered a wide range of questions covering Indo-US ties, terrorism and outcome of the Paris climate change summit.

Voicing his belief that the Indo-US relationship can be one of the defining partnerships of the century, Obama said that Modi shared his enthusiasm for a strong partnership and “we have developed a friendship and close working relationship, including our conversations on the new secure lines between our offices”.

Asked if the relationship has achieved its full potential, the President replied, “Absolutely not.” On the Pathankot attack, Obama said, “We join India in condemning the attack, saluting the Indians who fought to prevent more loss of life and extending our condolences to the victims and their families.

“Tragedies like this also underscore why the US and India continue to be such close partners in fighting terrorism.” Obama was of the view that Sharif recognised that insecurity in Pakistan is a threat to its own stability and that of the region. After the December, 2014 school massacre in Peshawar he had vowed to target all militants, regardless of their agenda or affiliation.

“That is the right policy. Since then, we have seen Pakistan take action against several specific groups. We have also seen continued terrorism inside Pakistan such as the recent attack on the university in north west Pakistan.”

“Pakistan has an opportunity to show that it is serious about delegitimising, disrupting and dismantling terrorist networks. In the region and around the world, there must be zero tolerance for safe havens and terrorists must be brought to justice,” he asserted in this third interview to reporters.

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    FekuSarkar
    Jan 24, 2016 at 5:52 pm
    Barack, who sold 10 F16 jet to Nawaz? Just last month, nice try to impress Feku!!
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      FekuSarkar
      Jan 24, 2016 at 5:50 pm
      Noooo how misguided you are!!! Why did US sold F16 figters just last month!!
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        FekuSarkar
        Jan 24, 2016 at 9:25 pm
        Our flying coffins??? You mean!!
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          FekuSarkar
          Jan 24, 2016 at 5:48 pm
          Well you can tell what you like, we have nukes ready just for you!! Thats how PAKs atude is always...
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                Apr
                Jan 24, 2016 at 2:01 pm
                stan is a country run by Terrorist network and not by elected govt. I guess OBAMA is in day dream and thinking as s are as gullible as Americans. He could fool Americans for eight years and convinced as Terror groups brain wash kids for suicides
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                  Arun
                  Jan 24, 2016 at 3:36 pm
                  America has one simple foreign policy and that is "BE SELFISH ALWAYS" . Obama's statement should be viewed from this simple foreign policy. No need to read between the lines. Ultimately the statement would result in some advantage for America.
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                    ahirwan
                    Jan 25, 2016 at 4:00 am
                    India has espoused Secularism from the Year 1947,whereas stan chose Islamist Shariat band wagon. Which now a Days has taken a turn for the worst in Islamic hegemony amongst its own followers of Islam. The narrative goes like so. My islam is better than your Islam and i am going to shoot you. So islam has become a Political Game that ISIS has inspired amonst Muslims ,the 'Charismatic ' notion of 'Caliphate of Islam' has taken roots in the minds of some Muslims much to the detriment of a Democratic stan. Therefore stan has to defeat their own countrymen on a path of killing one another in the name Islam. Here the stan Military has to take control and eliminate re-calcitrant Muslims that refuse to love their own brothers. Destruction of ISIL is in hands of stan for the betterment of its own people and its neighbour India.
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                      Rajesh
                      Jan 25, 2016 at 12:18 pm
                      Nope. stan is the way it is because of the cult of the pedophile. RSS is exactly what will prevent India from becoming stan.
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                        Karunakaran
                        Jan 26, 2016 at 12:09 am
                        The add-ons to the Rafale will cost another Rs 25,000 crores. But it might still be less than the Rs 100,000 crores Bullet train to Gujjuland, to be paid for by all the Indian taxpayers. It does not matter whether you live in Kerala, Mizoram or Himachal Pradesh, you have to pay for the Bullet train to Gujjuland. All thanks to the selfie-chaser Gujjubhai who cannot speak in the parliament.
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                          ah
                          Jan 25, 2016 at 8:33 am
                          meanwhile we will give f 16 to stani army and billions of aid also .................
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                            KB
                            Jan 24, 2016 at 10:39 am
                            ab o tumhare abba ne bhi bol diya porki o..
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                              SurajParkash
                              Jan 26, 2016 at 12:28 pm
                              The stern advice by Obama to stan that it ‘can and must’ dismantle all terror networks from its territory is well meaning, but beyond the intentions and capability of Sharif for many factors. To do so Sharif cannot risk either his own life or lots of his business interests which will suffer if he is forced to leave his PM post. Second Sharif has no such powers, whatever his intentions, to bye p Army and ISI bosses. The only way out is for take up the initiative in his own hands because the limitations of Sharif are much too clear and known, when he cannot take even slightest actions against the self confessing terror bosses in stan. Obama has already indicated that soon he is free from Syrian terror issue, he will take up the job in his own hands like he did with Osama Bin Laden inside stan army’s own guest house hide out of Laden. Till then softer way out for Obama could be to put all political, economical, trade and armament sanction upon stan, like Iran was disciplined, and let us hope that stan Army and ISI feel the pinch and feel compelled to behave as a social, humanitarian conducts and refrain from supporting Islamic barbarism and m killings of innocents every where. This is also very necessary for Obama to counter rising pority against Trump’s open intentions to ban entries of muslims in US and to see that Clinton gets elected. Obama is determined to give a parting gift during his last year in presidency to his own party. Better if stan also sees the writings on the wall, and does not create lot many problems for itself and also loose world opinions. After all, Islamic terrorism is going to end sooner or later with the fullest determination of all world powers, including Russia to eliminate IS. Suraj Parkahs Tuteja 9315879780
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                                Hindu
                                Jan 24, 2016 at 1:23 pm
                                Obama is NOT TALKING to stan !!! Obama is talking GIBBERISH. U.S.A. kept FOOLING Asia and Africa (they need not fool the Fools of M. East.). Both these Continents were waiting for a LION. And India GAVE them that Lion....our PM Modi !!!!! Who is trying to BLOCK Modi ??? Of course the Political Party belonging to the UN-OFFICAL SON-in-LAW OF THE BRITISH QUEEN...JL NEHRU OF COURSE !! This party has a White Waitress leading (??) them. MMS became a CHAPRASI of Bush and later Obama.
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                                  Jas Gill
                                  Jan 24, 2016 at 11:19 am
                                  stan army and ISI will not allow all militants groups to be dismantled come what may. It is in their interest to keep these groups going. The only way to deal with stan is to have proper border security and stop all drug smuggling. Hold these crooked political figures especially in Punjab to account.
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                                    babu
                                    Jan 24, 2016 at 4:19 pm
                                    Modee is buying a ranch next to Obama's ranch he want to be real for obama pocket
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                                      babu
                                      Jan 24, 2016 at 5:09 pm
                                      Yes like give me my plane back China
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                                        Katumina
                                        Jan 24, 2016 at 4:08 pm
                                        It is not selfish but self-centred. Selfish means to look after self interest even at the cost of others, but here USA is trying to protect its interest and at the same time trying to block the s which automatically benefits others.
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                                          Katumina
                                          Jan 24, 2016 at 4:09 pm
                                          US has recognized Pak as the epicenter of terrorism and therefore, it cannot anymore ignore this. They have already stalled of F-16.
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                                            kris kumar
                                            Jan 24, 2016 at 12:48 pm
                                            Dear Obama you are talking to a brick wall. All your previous warning had no affect on Pak Army/ISI and even this time the ISI will ignore it. All the billion of dollars you have given have gone into generals pockets, training and arming terrorists against India. All the sophisticated arms you supplied to Pak are now used by terrorists against India. You nurtured Pak terrorists and now you playing double game when your tenure is nearly finished. You can not be trusted Obama.
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