There is no talk of branding Pak a terrorist state: US

Refuting Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s charges that Pakistan feared being declared a terrorist state if it did not ban Jamaat-ud-Daawa, US State Department spokesperson Sean Mccormack has said, “The US State Department has said that neither the United States nor the United Nations have ever considered declaring Pakistan a terrorist state.”

He further said, “The US had always believed that terrorists in Pakistan were as much a threat to the Pakistani people and the Pakistani government as they were to anybody else.”

Earlier, putting Pakistan on notice, the US has asked it to act together with all “interested parties” to prevent “future terrorist attacks” emanating from its soil and asserted that it will “closely” follow the steps being taken by Islamabad following the Mumbai terror strikes.

The comments by State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack came on Monday after Pakistani security forces arrested key Lashker-e-Toiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhwi, suspected to be the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks, along with 20 others.



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