US State Department’s Director of Press Office Elizabeth Trudeau on Thursday said: “We have consistently raised our concerns to the highest level of the Pakistani government on the need to deny safe haven to extremists.”
Trudeau’s remarks come after an attack on the American University in Kabul, which Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said was organised and orchestrated from Pakistan.
Ghani had called Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif and demanded that action be taken against those behind the attack, but Pakistan on Thursday evening said it needed “more evidence” to take any action over the attack.
Talking to media after the meeting, Chaudhry said the US did not acknowledge Pakistan’s efforts against terrorist groups, including the Haqqani network.
Trudeau also said the US has always encouraged the Pakistani and Afghan governments to work together “not only in the wake of this attack but to ensure that such attacks do not happen again”.
According to her, Gen. Raheel Sharif has said that Pakistan “would not discriminate” against the terrorist groups on its soil but “this attack against the best and brightest of Afghanistan is a sign” that more efforts need to be taken to curb extremism.
American civilian and military aid to Pakistan, once the third-largest recipient of US foreign assistance, is expected to total less than $1 billion this year — down from a recent peak of more than $3.5 billion in 2011, according to a US report.