WASHINGTON: US States Department Deputy Spokesperson, Mark Toner, while briefing the newsmen in Washington on Monday said that Pakistan and India really stand to benefit from the normalization of relations between them and practical cooperation between them. He said that we encourage both India and Pakistan to pursue and engage in direct dialogue that is aimed at reducing tensions.
Answering a question, Mark Toner said that Pakistan is fighting a serious and sustained campaign against violent extremism. We do believe that they’re making progress and taking steps to counter terrorist violence, but at the same time we’ve been very clear that they need to target all militant groups, including those that target Pakistan’s neighbors, and close all safe havens.
“Our focus with Pakistan is to enhance their capability to deal with a terrorist threat on their soil,” Mark Toner said and added that “we want to see Pakistan better able to respond to the terrorism threat.”