US Wants More Actions From Pak In war Against Terror

Lalit K Jha/Washington
US Wants More Actions From Pak In war Against Terror
The US today said it wanted Pakistan to take more efforts in the war on terror though it praised Islamabad for its actions against militants in the last one year.

"I am satisfied with the help that we've gotten from our Pakistani counterparts. I think they have done an awful a lot, they have been aggressive. Do we want them to do more? Yes. And we will be making more requests of them in the coming days," US Attorney General Eric Holder told the NBC news in an interview.

Holder was responding to questions about failed Times Square bombing attempt in which Pakistani American Faisal Sahzad was arrested recently.

"I can say that the evidence we've now developed shows that the Pakistani Taliban has directed this plot. We know that they helped facilitate it; we know that they helped direct it. I suspect that we are going to come up with evidence which shows that they helped to finance it. They were intimately involved in this plot," he said.

Holder said the Times Square incident is an indication of a new threat that the US faces from terrorist outfits, including that from affiliates of Al-Qaeda.

"It also indicates the worldwide concerns that we have to have if we are going to be effective," he said.

The Attorney General said federal investigators are trying to understand what "radicalised" Shahzad.

"That's not something that we fully understand, yet. He is in the process of cooperating with us. He's talking to people who are interviewing him on behalf of the United States government," he said.

"And part of that is try to understand what is it that took him over the edge and to converge him from being a person who seemingly was an average American to somebody who was bound and determined to kill Americans," Holder said.

The Attorney General conceded that the terrorist organisations are trying to get people into the country and use people who don't fit any kind of a profile or those who might not be expected to get involved in terror activities.

"That's why we have to redouble our efforts in terms of intelligence gathering to make sure that we are fully cognizant of what it is they're planning to do, who are they trying to use in coming up with these plots.

"It makes our job more difficult, not one that we can't do, but certainly makes it more difficult," he said.
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