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Obama says Pakistan ‘can and must’ do more against terrorism

Updated Jan 24, 2016 07:10pm


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NEW DELHI: US President Barack Obama has urged Pakistan to show it is “serious” about crushing extremist networks operating on its territory, saying the latest mass killing of students underlined the need for more decisive action.

In an interview with the Press Trust of India published on Sunday, Obama said the crackdown on extremists was “the right policy” but was quoted as saying that Pakistan “can and must” take more effective action.

The US president praised recent crackdowns by security forces but said more should be done to eradicate violent Islamist groups.

Read: Zarb-i-Azb: Phenomenal success achieved, says ISPR.

“Pakistan has an opportunity to show that it is serious about delegitimising, disrupting and dismantling terrorist networks,” Obama told the news agency in Washington.

“In the region and around the world, there must be zero tolerance for safe havens and terrorists must be brought to justice.”

Twenty-one people were killed last Wednesday in an attack at a university campus in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Charsadda town, which was claimed by a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, barely a year after a massacre at the Army Public School in Peshawar that killed 144 people.

A military offensive against extremists in tribal areas was intensified after the Peshawar attack, although Indian officials say authorities across the border still turn a blind eye to jihadist groups.

“Since then (Peshawar), we have seen Pakistan take action against several specific groups,” said Obama.

“We have also seen continued terrorism inside Pakistan such as the recent attack on the university in northwest Pakistan.”

India has blamed gunmen belonging to the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-i-Mohammed for an attack on one of its air force bases close to the Pakistan border earlier this month that left seven soldiers dead.

Editorial: Pathankot aftermath.

Obama said the attack on the Pathankot base was “another example of the inexcusable terrorism that India has endured for too long”.

The attack came only days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had paid his first visit to Pakistan, dropping in for talks with his counterpart Nawaz Sharif on his way home from Afghanistan.

Modi has resisted pressure to put ties with Pakistan back in deep freeze after the air base attack, and Obama endorsed the continuation of contacts.

“Both leaders are advancing a dialogue on how to confront violent extremism and terrorism across the region,” Obama said.


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Sarai Alamgir Jan 24, 2016 07:02pm

Would the president ask the Indians of what they might know about the attacks in Pakistan?

Rashis Jan 24, 2016 07:02pm

Obama said that attack in Punjab was “another example of the inexcusable terrorism that India has endured for too long”.

Not as long as Pakistan has Obama - all thanks to you and your country

Catalyst Jan 24, 2016 07:05pm

Look who is talking. Even today the support for "moderate rebels" in Syria was the topic of the day, yet Mr.Obama has the nerve to single out Pakistan? What has the US and NATO done so far to actually stabilise this region, or world for that matter?

Haider Rehman Jan 24, 2016 07:06pm

We are. YOU can do more and must do more if you claim to be a world superpower.

Ahmed USA Jan 24, 2016 07:06pm

Pakistan has already done everything it could... And now is the time for world powers to join hands with Pakistan to protect its interests and defeat its enemy...

Rajat Jan 24, 2016 07:06pm

@Sarai Alamgir He need not ask. You heard him.

Indian Jan 24, 2016 07:07pm

do more

M.Saeed Jan 24, 2016 07:07pm

Give us your promised F-16 (being opposed by the American Congress) and see how we do the maximum!

Joe Jan 24, 2016 07:07pm

Pakistan has forwarded called solid evidence to Afghanistan that includes conversations between handlers in Afghanistan and actors in Pakistan,they have given mobile numbers and place where the handlers were operating from. This is solid proof for government of Afghanistan to take visible action. Sir.were the very same evidence not given by India after Pathankot attack.Evidence also included talk by one of the terrorists to his mother.Action taken???

M.M.Sherazi Jan 24, 2016 07:10pm

Just a rhetoric to please Indians!!! We know what we have to do, that should be the simple answer!!!!

Osman Jan 24, 2016 07:10pm

India must do more about the Kashmir issue. It's that simple.

Rajahindustani Jan 24, 2016 07:11pm

@Sarai Alamgir No

Taimoor khan Jan 24, 2016 07:11pm

Agenda is clear, lines are drawn yet our civilian and military leadership are living in fools paradise. They are hitting Pakistan with worst form of terrorism yet got audacity to blame Pakistan for their own evil acts! What is not going through Obama that Pakistan is hit by forigen sponsored terrorism from Afghan soil, a place his country has occupied for more then a decade. What conclusion we Pakistanis can draw from this?

Amir581 Jan 24, 2016 07:12pm

If you look at the casualties, Pakistan has suffered more from terrorism than India has. What Pakistan needs to do is completely seal its border with Afghanistan so these terrorists can not get in.

Thought Jan 24, 2016 07:12pm

Oh! My God, he can't see Pakistan and Russia improving relationship. Mirchi lag gai.

adnan Jan 24, 2016 07:13pm

some please tell Obama that he must ask India to stop funding to the terrorists.

Shahzad S Iqbal Jan 24, 2016 07:15pm

Pakistan must undertake surgical strikes in Afghanistan to defend itself from champions of terror in that country - may those be Indian backed or Talibans etc etc.

Obama can say what he likes but he and his armed forces have failed around the world to bring peace and in fact have destroyed more Muslim countries

Democratic Kp Jan 24, 2016 07:16pm

@Joe Yes action was taken! Pakistan arrested Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar. Pakistan also detained several other members of the Jaish-e-Mohammad in connection with the Pathankot attack. what more do you want?

Bilal Khattak Jan 24, 2016 07:16pm

This statement is enough to prove, who is behind Charsadha attack. It's United States of America.

Haseeb Jan 24, 2016 07:16pm

I agree with Ovama, Pakistan can and must do more to eradicate terrorism, even if that means going into any country to apprehend the perpetrators of terrorism in Pakistan.

aku Jan 24, 2016 07:17pm

"...Pakistan must show it is serious to combat terrorism", seriously?? He thinks we were just joking around, 30,000 troops dying in this war far more than any other country in the world. It is time to say shut up to Obama! I am very disappointed in this man. If he had the guts, he would have also given a stronger message to India to stop abating criminals and playing games around Pakistan.

Rohail Jan 24, 2016 07:19pm

Did anyone ask president why he created ISIS? He is considered even worst president than Bush. He couldn't fix his own home economy where debt has been surmounted. Such a failed president.

Abdul Karim Jan 24, 2016 07:19pm

Mr President of US, we will decide whether to crush extremist networks on your advice or to make them friends and transform them into good neighbours without trying to crush them (on your advice). The world is very well aware of you Mr. President of US advising those you want to destroy to crush those terrorists that you actually sponsor for terrorism.

In my opinion, cutting the ties of terrorists with US (the backer of terrorists) should be our first priority.

lafanga Jan 24, 2016 07:20pm

Yes Mr. Obama. Same old "do more" rant when it comes to Pakistan. Seems like Americans always say this in absence of any meaningful response. Pakistan has lost 50,000 of its citizens because of your misadventure in Afghanistan and is left always with cleaning up your mess first in the late 80's and doing it now. We know you want to pander to the Indians to sell them weapons and nuclear plants but please educate yourself with the history of the area first.

Mansoor Sajid Jan 24, 2016 07:20pm

The current upheaval in the world are the after affects of Afghan war, where US without any threat to its own security plunged that land-locked country in to a non-ending war since 1979 and then abruptly left the country in the hands of trained fighters who then turned the guns on the world starting from USA. USA should have the courage to admit and apologize for its criminal mistakes instead of blaming Pakistan which has suffered beyond ones imagination and stop issuing statements just to placate India.

mohammed Jan 24, 2016 07:24pm

Mr.President this world be much peace full if you do a little then what you have been doing since long time,

Ahtesham Jan 24, 2016 07:24pm

It's not possible since we have corrupt and bad politician in our Government..

Neutral Jan 24, 2016 07:25pm

@M.M.Sherazi "Just a rhetoric to please Indians!!! We know what we have to do, that should be the simple answer!!!!"

If you know what you have to do, why are you in such a mess?

Haroon Rashid Khan Jan 24, 2016 07:25pm

We will not 'do more' for you mister Obama. And by the way, you are already occupying Afghanistan so why not go after the TTP inside Afghanistan while you are at it.

amin Jan 24, 2016 07:26pm

Next President probably Mr Trump will be more tough on Pakistan

Cosmo Jan 24, 2016 07:26pm

@Amir581 Good idea, please please seal with India as well.

lafanga Jan 24, 2016 07:27pm

Americans have an attention span of a 10 year old when it comes to foreign policy. They forget which country helped them in the past and who is their enemy. This is why American power is fast waning in the world. Another decade or so and it will be China and Russia calling the shots in the world. Have a nice retirement Mr. Obama.

Agha Ata Jan 24, 2016 07:28pm

But we think Obama is wrong.

Bilal Khattak Jan 24, 2016 07:30pm

Actually America wants Pakistan to attack Afghanistan for further destabilization in this region that's why they are financing militants to achieve their goal. One more thing that Americans can't digest is, Pak-China economic corridor because if that completed successfully then nobody can stop China to become superior than US and it will also help Russia in long run.

Clubsandwich Jan 24, 2016 07:32pm

@Cosmo The border with India is already sealed

Habib Jan 24, 2016 07:32pm

Stop being a policeman of this world.

gerry dcunha Jan 24, 2016 07:33pm

Pakistan government need to eradicate the mind set of 75% religious groups who blindly support these terrorists activities in the name of religon.

Ahmad Jan 24, 2016 07:33pm

Lay off mr Obama! It's our war we fight it our way... You fought ur wars and still Afghanistan, Iraq are a mess and thanks to ur creation of ISIS... the the world is miserable... You can and must clean ur house...

whats in a name Jan 24, 2016 07:34pm

@Osman No. Kashmir can never be the reason for sponsoring terrorism. If there is peace to be bought in Kashmir, then terrorism must stop. There is no other alternative for that.

Multinational Bhabi Jan 24, 2016 07:34pm

“In the region and around the world, there must be zero tolerance for safe havens and terrorists must be brought to justice.” - Except for Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Panama, Grenada, Vietnam, Cuba where our capitalist national interest demanded that we support safe havens for terrorists/terrorist regimes/anarchists/rebels

Akhtar Jan 24, 2016 07:35pm

Is Obama a spokesman for India ? I wonder how much the Indian lobby is being paid.

Pakistan will do what is in its interests and not what America desires.

It also seems like Obama is getting confused - Pakistan has been attacked by terrorists more times than India.

Pakistani Jan 24, 2016 07:38pm

Just get out of Afghanistan, we will show you how much we can. Pakistan Zindabad !

Reality Bites Jan 24, 2016 07:41pm

As long as attacks continue on our own soil and neighboring countries with TTP or any other terror group indigenous to Pakistan, we have a problem.

Obama or any other leader will point fingers at us till there is at least ninety percent reduction in these terror acts and their nurseries here.

He is not wrong at all.

Mrs.khalil Jan 24, 2016 07:41pm

Mr. Obama , pakistani's know very well that you and India , don't want peace and stability in Pakistan . Stop sponsoring terrorism .

GA Jan 24, 2016 07:42pm

United States has an obligation to stop creating groups like ISIS and toppling regimes that leaves a vacuum. United States must do more.

Faisal Jan 24, 2016 07:44pm

India has not even 1% affected by terrorism, as compared to Pakistan. Hence, we are affected by terrorism and we demand action against those who are funding Pakistan Enemies and we are expecting do more from Obama on his Indian policy.

Factual Jan 24, 2016 07:50pm

Mr. Obama,

You can and must 'do more' to eradicate gun violence in your country. 20 times more Americans lose their lives to guns than to terrorism in Pakistan. Please take care of your burning house before you come and tell us what we should or should not do.

khurram Jan 24, 2016 07:52pm

USA has grown weaker everyday with its ensuing proxy wars. There was a time that we in Pakistan used to considered presedential statements seriously. NOT NOW. We now know why these are made .. Knowing the reasons help us keep a clear head about what we want to achieve. Strengthening ties with russia and china is critical and call of the time.

Shahzad S Iqbal Jan 24, 2016 07:57pm

Please stop wasting your time and energy on bashing India and America - every country has to look after its own interests and so we need to do what is needed by our country....Pakistan MUST undertake military strikes in Afghanistan to secure our children's future - as simple as that....

Satt Jan 24, 2016 07:58pm

Pakistan should break all the diplomatic relationship with USA and call the ambassador from USA and close the office of Pakistani mission...Don't worry Pakistan has China and Pakistan can get fighter planes from China.Pakistan also have got 46 billion $.

Alam Jan 24, 2016 08:01pm

Tone was more aggressive in his first Presidential campaign 8 years ago while talking about Pakistan. 8 years on, he still asking us to do more, few more months and he will be history.

Democratic Kp Jan 24, 2016 08:05pm

USA : An ex super power, their leadership boat has sunk. Obama you need salt to clear the snow in eastern USA so stop sprinkling it on our wounds just to make india happy.

Bewildered Jan 24, 2016 08:08pm

Mr.President you are absolutely right. But can you explain your country's role in Syria? Aren't you supporting terror groups, which you termed as freedom fighters there?

Changez_Khan Jan 24, 2016 08:09pm

Here we go again, never ends. Who is attacking Pakistan's schools and killing children? Why world leaders have their lips sealed?

truth Jan 24, 2016 08:13pm

It's about time we, the Pakistani come out of denial mode and face up to it. Terrorism is our problem and it is destroying our country and our people. We need to stop these groups from operating in our country, stop the terrorists once and for all for our sake.

Irfan Ghaffar Jan 24, 2016 08:19pm

Do more???!! Yea right Mr. Obama... Clearing the mess your country created.

Saqib Jan 24, 2016 08:21pm

Potus should know that much needs to be done by US as the people behind the attack are in Afghanistan. India should also be restrained by him not to finance and train TTP,they should learn from Pakistsni experience that terrorists are nobody's friends

Pak-citizen Jan 24, 2016 08:27pm

Dear Obama,

We, the citizen of Pakistan are fed up with this "do more situation" We are peaceful people and are really upset with your peace program, which you promised not only to Americans but also the world that you would fulfill it once you came to the power.

You promised that you would pull out all the Military from Afghanistan & Iraq. You are in power since last 8 years but..

We Pakistanis are poor nation and can't afford such war against terror. You want more, than please finance this war please and give us latest Weapons. You must pay our Soldiers for their services as well. Again this is not Our War, this is YOUR WAR!! We Pakistanis are bearing this situation just because of PAK-US Friendship. So please respect our Boundaries too. We can't destroy Pakistan's Economy and citizen's life for the sake of US. We hope that the US understands and respects our Situation and will not weaken Pak-US Friendship. Again ask India to do an operation against all it Militants wings too.

Jj Jan 24, 2016 08:32pm

What used to said secretly is now being said openly. But going by the comments here there is so much anger at what Obama said. The question is, what are you going to go about it? Bury your head deeper into the sand?

Kamran kashmiri Jan 24, 2016 08:33pm

I've read his biographies and never thought he so badly needed to learn history

Javed Arshad Jan 24, 2016 08:33pm

Really ! With such rhetoric the world ( read USA and its allies) cannot distance itself from its role in nurturing this menace. Pakistanis are far too clear that it was primarily US and its flawed policies that dragged this region to blood bath. And who paid the price? None else but Pakistanis. Can the president put his hand on his heart and say that the Americans were and are innocent and are not trying to steer away the gains made by Pak Army by not mounting an equivalent level of resistance to these culprits enjoying safe havens in Afghanistan.

shaukat Jan 24, 2016 08:44pm

Obama is spot on!!!

Anonymous Jan 24, 2016 08:51pm

Once again Obama is repeating DO MORE Policy, by the way who is He to tell Pakistan what to do & what not to do, how to do & more to do?

Amir Jan 24, 2016 09:07pm

look who is giving lecture on terrorism. Mind your own business ad Pakistan is not a colony of USA.

he he he Jan 24, 2016 09:09pm

@Democratic Kp severe their rods

BK Jan 24, 2016 09:12pm

@Sarai Alamgir Generalize allegation will not bring any result, moreover, nobody will take it on face value.Whatever to talk against a country it must will full proof evidence, then only international community will consider it.

Ihtesham Kayani Jan 24, 2016 09:18pm

Mr Obama you should have done more, as sole "super power", in Afghanistan to avoid shameful defeat.

Nadeem Jan 24, 2016 09:18pm

Obama has failed in Afghanistan. This is not new what 'do more' he has been asking for, but 'must' stop asking now, or hand over Afghanistan also to Pakistsn to deal with it!

Salim Jan 24, 2016 09:27pm

The good terrorism and bad terrorism difference must stop now.

Abdullah Masood Jan 24, 2016 09:28pm

US should also do and must do.

Lucky Star Jan 24, 2016 09:32pm

Obama is a complete failure; he could not even solve palistinian problem. Thank God, I did not vote for him.

rational mind Jan 24, 2016 09:34pm

Guys, all he is saying is dont stop taking action against terrorism and dont be selective. It takes several years of consistent effort to uproot terrorism. You have just started a year ago.

Uncle Shyam Jan 24, 2016 09:35pm

Thanks, Obama, Now let us make a deal for those F22's we were talking about.

indian Jan 24, 2016 09:36pm

Why do American Presidents always come to their senses and say what is right near the end of their term , why did he not say it at the beginning .

Vikas Jan 24, 2016 09:36pm

@Akhtar Its in interest of all to eradicate terrorists.

Atif Khan Jan 24, 2016 09:37pm

Well, President Obama, Pakistan has been able to do in 1 year for $2B (of its own money) what the US could not do with $2T in 10 years.

Mr. President, you should instead be saying is "the US needs to do more to learn from Pakistan how to address militancy without civilian casualities"

Rational Jan 24, 2016 09:39pm

@Reality Bites .. Greet analysis you did .. Specially 90% seems a solid and valid data... Thanks for sharing the truth and wisdom.

Junaid Jan 24, 2016 09:41pm

Yes. Do more. Uncle Obama is right.

schal Jan 24, 2016 09:47pm

@Sarai Alamgir If you know some thing that others do not know, it is time to reveal. Please do not waste any time.

schal Jan 24, 2016 09:50pm

@Taimoor khan Unless you present any evidence, it is all empty rhetoric.

Farooqe Azam Jan 24, 2016 09:53pm

Why Obama does not issue a similar or even more serious advice to Afghanistan and India

schal Jan 24, 2016 09:56pm

@Democratic Kp Just a show and an eye-wash!!

younus Jan 24, 2016 09:59pm

Before America invade Afghanistan there is no suicide bombing in Pakistan . After 2001 the whole world know the situation in Pakistan. So Americans has responsibility for chaos in Afganistan and Pakistan .

wshaikh Jan 24, 2016 10:00pm

America and NATO has all the fire power in the world but have not been able to control and tiny and the most backward country in the world, Afghanistan.

schal Jan 24, 2016 10:01pm

@Bilal Khattak LOL

Dawood Jan 24, 2016 10:06pm

While US sits and watch and comes up with more ideas to create chaos.

Sanjeev Chadchan Jan 24, 2016 10:10pm

@Rohail He is Nobel Laurate !

Abdulla Hussain Jan 24, 2016 10:14pm

Please keep your theory of Must Do More with you. Pakistan has gained great experience following this theory of Bush jr. The peoples of Pakistan will not allow its president or prime minister to take any decision that lands Pakistan again in the death well. Pakistanis are not afraid any more.

yawar Jan 24, 2016 10:15pm

Mr. Obama ... have you ever wondered who is feeding ISIS with weapons, munitions and finance in the midst of total isolation?

Bajirao Jan 24, 2016 10:20pm

Obama is right. Pakistan should do more. Every year US gives billions of dollars of aid to Pakistan. India and other European countries blame US for this; but still US aids Pakistan. So they will definitely demand some actions from Pakistan govt. Am I wrong?

Usman Jan 24, 2016 10:22pm

I'm a Pakistani and I agree with him. We're doing nothing to remove this ideology!

yawar Jan 24, 2016 10:24pm

reflects the fact that indian caucus in US congress is stronger than the pakistanis

Shafique Jan 24, 2016 10:25pm

US funded Jihadis for years to fight against Soviet invasion in Afhghanistan and helped create taliban... US continues to fund rebels all over the world to maintain it's interests.

logic Jan 24, 2016 10:28pm

@Faisal Read the sane articles in Dawn by your own journalists.. You will know who is responsible..

Real Truthb Jan 24, 2016 10:30pm

@lafanga.Very well said. The timing of Obama clearly shows his class - this broken record has no shame parotting this rubbish right after terrorist attack on BKU. Hard fact is America (Bush W) is 100% responsible for the instability in this region and for the chaos in Iraq n Syria.

faraz Jan 24, 2016 10:31pm

Also, Mr President. Why don't you hit a few drones on "mullah fazalulallah" since you have the technology, capability and intelligence in Afghanistan?? you should also do more.

subrat Jan 24, 2016 10:33pm

in Afganistan govt. cann't do anything to protect their own people against the audacity of Taliban. At least in Pakistan Army is in real power and is one of the strongest armies. Every body will expect Pakistan to do more against terrorism than afghanistan.

Sunil Jan 24, 2016 10:34pm

@Ahmed USA how about Saudis, joining Pakistan to crush the terrorists inside, instead they want Pakistan to join hands to fight against Houthi rebels.

watson Jan 24, 2016 10:37pm

Obama is always asking others to do more, what are you doing Mr president you need a lot more to do across the globe as a lot of these terrorists have sprung up because of miscalculated US policies and you know that sir.

Sunil Jan 24, 2016 10:40pm

@Rohail Which world are you living? Little knowledge is a dangerous thing for you. Brush it up.

Sunil Jan 24, 2016 10:41pm

@mohammed US is not a world police to monitor every country.

Gawal Mandi Ya Jan 24, 2016 10:50pm

Although I agree that Pakistan must do more,but Pakistan did not create any of these terrorists

imran ghori Jan 24, 2016 10:51pm

Useless Americans,, useless Obama useless demand,, do more,, instead of actions against ttp leadership hiding in Afghanistan attacking innocents school going childrens demanding do more,,, yes it's America who allowed Indian intelligence in Afghanistan to destabilize Pakistan,, perfect time for Pakistan build strong ties with Russia,, Iran,, China,, North Korea

imran ghori Jan 24, 2016 10:53pm

American can't digest simple pak Russian military exercise,,, American imposing his dirty rules on Pakistan,,,

Alethia Jan 24, 2016 11:21pm

What a mean and callous remark by President Obama, when Pakistan is just reeling from one of the worst the terrorist attacks at Sharshadda.

OK, mention the attack at Pathankot, but why no mention of the innocent civilians killed in Pakistan?

Obama should show due concern for the welfare of the people of his ally - Pakistan...

Awais Jan 24, 2016 11:23pm

Terrorists control swathes of Afghanistan yet no one puts the blame on Afghan government for not eradicating them. Therein lies the hypocrisy of it all.

Cyrus Jan 24, 2016 11:24pm

@Catalyst .... America, Bank of America, and the world Bank stabilized Indonesia. Whereupon the Indonesians threw out there president and his family and the entire corrupt bureaucracy. They went further to implement an anti corruption unit that NAP should base itself on.

awais Jan 24, 2016 11:27pm

This happens when you have a duffer leadership, incapable of speaking out to the world

Jei Sindh Jan 24, 2016 11:27pm

Is it a tacit acceptance and acknowledgement that Pakistan can do what US and NATO failed to do even after spending a trillion dollars, fighting for a decade , and killing and maiming hundreds of thousands poor and helpless Afghans.

Pakistan should focus on eliminating Indian 'Mules & Moles' from within the country and peace will return to this land.

Syed Zafar Kazmi U.S.A Jan 24, 2016 11:28pm

Obama :“another example of the inexcusable terrorism that India has endured for too long”. It is not just India that endures terrorism and Pakistan should not take any blame for what is indigenous to India likewise in the same vein Pakistan has endured a lot more of terrorism from one end of the country to the other, quite a lot of which is plotted on foreign soil. Pakistan has rendered tremendous sacrifice of its armed personnel and civilians fighting and eradicating terrorism and will continue to do so in its own best interest without any need to 'show' anything to anyone.

Sid Barnes Jan 24, 2016 11:29pm

@Democratic Kp

That is lie. Maulana Masood Azhar has not been arrested.

brr Jan 24, 2016 11:32pm

@Agha Ata NO, WE DON'T think he is wrong.

Rahul CA Jan 24, 2016 11:38pm

Oh..whats wrong in what he said. Why always in self-denial. He is saying you could do more so there won't be attacks inside or outside. OMG, why is it so difficult to understand?

Muslim Medina Jan 24, 2016 11:40pm

The western government will never blame any country to destroy terror bases in that country. Pakistan has been and will always be a target no matter what Pakistan does to eradicate terrorism No word about terror bases in neighboring countries. Anyhow this interviews by Obama and French president both were given to Indian news agencies.

Jei Shah Jan 24, 2016 11:42pm

@Faisal . It is Obama's last year and Indians must have been begging him for a favour . Pakistan better focus on what it is doing and follow its own interest .

What is disappointing , however, is that the US is discriminatory and biassed. This is a reason that it does not command respect in Pakisatn ( over 60 % people disapprove of US) . Pakistan is the genuine candidate for membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group which Obama Administration is not willing to support again because of Indian influence.

Kautiliya Jan 24, 2016 11:44pm

What does President Obama and the US Intelligence know that we do not know about the terrorist as far as Pakistan goes?

Syed Zafar Kazmi U.S.A Jan 24, 2016 11:45pm

@Shahzad S Iqbal "Obama can say what he likes but he and his armed forces have failed around the world to bring peace ". No armed forces on foreign soil are meant to establish peace except perhaps those mandated by the U.N. That is a hard fact-anything besides is fine fiction.

SAQIB UK Jan 24, 2016 11:47pm

Pakistan has done more again terrorism than all your western colaitions and NATO combined. You don't need to try and bring up indian and Pakistani sensitivities to keep them divided. Pakistan and India are more than capable to bridge gaps and commit to enduring peace on their own. You just want to be seen as peace brokers but in the shadows stoke all the hate and instigate wars to keep your military complexes rolling.

Syed Zafar Kazmi U.S.A Jan 24, 2016 11:50pm

@Neutral "If you know what you have to do, why are you in such a mess?" It is because we have one very peace loving neighbor next door.

Manal Jan 24, 2016 11:51pm

Obama can and must do more for the mess it has created in Syria. Take your own advice Mr. president. Better to lead with actions not empty words...

jamatics Jan 24, 2016 11:56pm

Can we take this serious? hahaha haha hahaha ...

Ali Jan 24, 2016 11:58pm

President Obama says Pakistan must do more against terrorism? That is easier said than done, as the US / NATO coalition military forces found out in Afghanistan, after spending over trillion dollars. With over 60,000 killed, Pakistan has suffered more than any other country in the world. We don't need casual advise, what we need is genuine help in this global war, especially from our friend the United States.

Pakistan needed 150 or so Black Hawk helicopters for fast deployment of forces in the mountains of Pak-Afghan border region. Smaller 40 or so Bell helicopters were provided which are not suited for high-altitude combat. Armed Predator drones were required to destroy terrorists bases in the mountains, they were not approved. Latest night vision goggles were required, older outdated goggles were supplied. So Mr. President, with all due respect to your comments and policy, its the United States which has to do more and help Pakistan in this global War on Terror.

M. asghar Jan 25, 2016 12:15am

The USA have been and are the sole source of mayhem of terrorism in the region. The moment they are pushed out, the thing should calme down.

Cyrus Jan 25, 2016 12:15am

@aku ... I thought the figure was 300,000.

Sarwar, USA. Jan 25, 2016 12:17am

@Taimoor khan ... Conclusion is US has double standards and can never be your friend. Simple reason is look back at Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria all destroyed and not a tear shed.

Cyrus Jan 25, 2016 12:29am

@Habib ... The US should have stopped being the policeman for the world in 1960. Everyone would have been happier. Thought so then and agree with you now. The US military is guarding the goods and services of America, Japan and Western Europe.

Cyrus Jan 25, 2016 12:33am

@Mansoor Sajid ..... Write him a letter.

MMM Jan 25, 2016 12:34am

Height of hypocracy and insensitivity. West created this mess just like they created global envionmental disaster and now wants China and other rising nations to do more, while there conservatives dont even acknowledge the global watming.

bugglee Jan 25, 2016 12:35am

Yes, and america must do more to stop random attacks in schools which is also a type of terrorism.

S.Khan Jan 25, 2016 12:36am

We are reacting in different ways to what Obama has said. This is not only Obama but the world is trying to make us understand that we can save the lives our innocent people if the safe havens on our territory are really dismantled.Perhaps this is our national policy to deny everything what the international community says about us. Pakistani people remember very well when Usama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan,our government was denying his presence in Pakistan. This is not only in the interest of this whole region but in the interest of Pakistan as well to break the networks of all terrorists groups operating from our country. This is in the best interest of our country,we can not achieve any thing through these good guys but we will lose the lives of our innocent people.Have mercy on Pakistan and change your failed policies to support good guys

ski Jan 25, 2016 12:39am

Pakistan should have a strategy of treating all terrorists as same

Cyrus Jan 25, 2016 12:58am

@Bilal Khattak .... China the USA and Russia are members of the UN Security Council. The UK is your representative. All of this came out of World War II. When Putin passes away and the old men in the US Congress are tossed out things will change. I trust the ethics of the US Justice Department and the morality of the Chinese people and the endurance of the Russians. The Russian people will survive to watch Russia start to bloom by mid century. Russia has no population burden. Global warming can only open more Russian territory to agriculture, animal husbandry and oil exploration.

Cyrus Jan 25, 2016 12:59am

@Agha Ata .... In this case Obama is wrong.

flipflop Jan 25, 2016 01:11am

How about US stop selling weapons to everyone around the world and stop trying to own every country by toppling regimes. Maybe just maybe all this war might just end. You focus on your country and people and let us focus on ours. Peace can never be achieved through killing or oppressing, but rather through dialogue. Peace through oppression is short lived and breeds more hatred.

Bilo Jan 25, 2016 01:12am

Mr Obama Please first Stop daily or weekly school assault in United States, first put your house in order then speak about us.

Afzal Jan 25, 2016 01:15am

Obama should pay attention to stop mass shootings in US. 15000 people are killed every year in US as a result of gun violence.

Sub se pehle Pakistan Jan 25, 2016 01:16am

May be, this is Obama's indirect reference to things, including the Mullah of Lal Masjid..... Hint! Hint! Ch. Nisar.

On a serious note, these politicians elected by us, would do nothing other than hoarding fortunes while mothers of our beloved martyred young teens, men and women continue to vail.

It is time to get our act together, get our house in order and detest the culture of double talk, lies and deceit. Our incompetent politicians are a reflection of our common character.

It is never to late!

Hedgefunder Jan 25, 2016 01:20am

@Akhtar You can't afford it ! Your Leaders ate too busy Looting the Country ! Borrowing from paul to pay peter is not solution either ! Pak economy is a Ponzi scam ! Sooner the people realise the reality & facts , the better it may be ! Cpec too is pipe dream, it will have little actual benefits for Pak people, but Chinese will have a economic gravy train at your expense !

HA Jan 25, 2016 01:26am

Mr Obama, it is nice to tell Pakistan to do more and more however you should go back first and find who created this royal mess for these countries in the region. Try to play the game fairly and I hope one day all of us will live in peace and not in pieces and hatred.

frkh Jan 25, 2016 01:34am

US can and must stop screwing up that region

pervez Jan 25, 2016 01:34am

Terror will cease to exit when US stops funding it. It's all about money

DMDiL Jan 25, 2016 01:35am

Well, Obama needs to understand we aren't Superpower, Or some rich country. We have one of the most troublesome Neighbors on all sides of our border. When we ask Obama to sale us drones or weapons, jets. They don't even take a second to deny all those deals, All thanks to our neighbor. Since Obama is asking us to do more. He must learn to pay for this. This isn't some charity or request calls. This is pure business. We can't achieve common goals without having resources.

ali Jan 25, 2016 01:37am

This shows he is so out of touch or may be he is just trying to make indians happy.

turbo Jan 25, 2016 01:39am

yeah like US has finished all the terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq...come on're not this stupid!

waleed Jan 25, 2016 01:45am

Pakistan was surely "doing more" during 1978-89 and even more in 2011. US should re-review their South Asian policy of 2011 and should again consider what led them to make that policy.

Fc Jan 25, 2016 01:49am

Obama should focus on domestic US issues rather than poking his nose in other countries. There are a lot of issues in the US such as police atrocities and armed racist groups.

Bharatiya Oz Jan 25, 2016 02:00am

The mess in Pakistan is a self created mess based on the religious intolerance and extreme ideologies which has now unfortunately creeped into masses...clear example of it is educated people coming into post and mostly can't see the state of Pakistan as an outsider and being totally in denial mode that the solutions ate within...Yes Pakistan has taken some action over last year or so but imagine this is a mess which has taken decades in the you think it can be controlled easily?? For example just putting house arrest of some JiM is not even scratching surface...These terrorists and their ideologies needs to be eliminated for your own and worlds sake..Period!!

Nasir Jan 25, 2016 02:05am

There a few comments here blaming America - but let's be clear - we only have ourselves to blame , we chose to radicalise our country under Zia, we chose the strategic depth option , we are the ones who turn a blind eye to extremists and let them operate with impunity,

Azfar Jan 25, 2016 02:09am

And Pakistan asks Obama to do more in Middle East

Khwarezmi Jan 25, 2016 02:24am

The world say Obama "can and must" do more to end US wars against Muslim countries.

Muhammad Jan 25, 2016 02:24am

Mr Obama USA should do more and must stop terrorism from India and Afghanistan,it's all happening against Pakistan under your noise. These polititions don't want to say anything just because they got business in these countries. What shame!

Khwarezmi Jan 25, 2016 02:26am

If not support then Obama should stay silent after the university attack. Families of the killed are still mourning their dead children.

Muhammad Jan 25, 2016 02:37am

Pakistanis only need to understand that they have chosen wrong leaders all the time,these curropt polititions so called leader never defend Pakistan and can't stand for make you chose right if you want right future for you children.

Jamshed Jan 25, 2016 02:54am

@Indian No one listens to Obama or US any more. After what has happend in ME US credibility is deminshig fast. Pakistan did what was appropriate and more than its fair share but what India can't do?

Jamshed Jan 25, 2016 03:08am

Obama lives in a cukkoo world and fails to acknowledge or understand the disastrous effect of US imperialist policies across the world. But ME is special bench mark how supposely (smart) super power could put the region crisis after crisis and still not learn from its mistakes?

Islam Jan 25, 2016 03:31am

we understand your double face now!! ... now is the time to stop playing double game!!.. stop wars against muslims! at least think about humanity!!

IG Jan 25, 2016 03:34am

US should stop the terrorism they are doing throughout the world, in Iraq, Afghan, PAk, Syria, Yaman, etc...

IG Jan 25, 2016 03:35am

at least say a few words of condolences for this tragedy, how selfish... we are suffering and you still saying do more.. how much blood would you shed? please stop now!

misterbhai Jan 25, 2016 03:36am

It is political gibberish. Nothing else. He is targeting a certain audience. Pay no attention. Pakistan has suffered a ton ton more than any other country in the world in the hands of terrorism.

Arslan Jan 25, 2016 04:06am

Head of the Empire speaks yet again! The world knows all too well the truth about American Empire of how it starts wars and civil unrest in every country that doesn't bow to her wishes.

Rohail Jan 25, 2016 04:11am

The reason United States is trying to make such statements because they really know Pakistan is reaching away from their controls and policies have tilted towards Russia and China. Sorry Pakistan is not one of your colony as India has recently become. Howeve, India will also learn lesson sooner than later. Divide and rule by selling Arms and Weapons will no longer work.

Darashikoh Jan 25, 2016 04:19am

We some F35s and F22s and nuclear submarines and an aircraft carrier with Ofcourse the aircrafts in it. Then we will do more and Ofcourse we need a stand by $100 billion.

Naeem Majid Jan 25, 2016 04:28am

The USA and its Allies "Can Do and Must Do" do more to stop the terrorists from Afghanistan entering Pakistan and killing school children

Jag Nathan Jan 25, 2016 04:45am

@Osman Please don't hold your breath on that one.

SamUS Jan 25, 2016 04:55am

POTUS is spot on!. Listen to saner voices.

gary Jan 25, 2016 05:00am

@Ahmed USA No, it has not.

ILYAS KHAN Jan 25, 2016 05:44am

Mr. Obama, how about your failure in Afghanistan? Is Afghanistan free from terrorist sanctuaries?

ikram Jan 25, 2016 05:50am

@aku Just curious where did you read 30,ooo soldiers died?

Pakist Jan 25, 2016 05:57am

Yes sir.... why not...... we can do more and with those F16s you will see the difference......

Mohammed Wani Jan 25, 2016 06:11am

Pakistan should do more for its own sake, How many more children have to die before Pakistan realizes this ?

Akil Akhtar Jan 25, 2016 07:09am

What has the US done against IS which has come up in US controlled Iraq.....

Realist (FROM JAPAN) Jan 25, 2016 07:11am

Obama is pro-India now that his use of Pakistan is over.

Ramesh Jan 25, 2016 07:22am

@Usman another sane voice from Pakistan.

Mohsin Jan 25, 2016 08:45am

Here we go again with the do more mantra

Sarfaraz Jan 25, 2016 09:12am

Just as America says that Pakistan and India has to sort out Kashmir issue themselves, similarly the US must also stay out of other issues. Does not suit a man who never visited Pakistan in his two tenures.

Ali Jan 25, 2016 09:27am

Do more? is there anyone in Pakistan's politics who can answer this guy?

Adnan Aziz Jan 25, 2016 09:43am

Well- said, Obama. Doing more would be good for the health of Pakistan and we Pakistanis unless we wish to see the current state of affairs persist in the country.

Vivek Jan 25, 2016 09:46am

Pakistanis educated masses- always in denial mode. No wonder why they are in a position they are right now.

Sudhir Neyalasinger Jan 25, 2016 10:17am

@lafanga You've got to be fairer to him. Afghanistan was a problem he inherited from previous US presidents. Pakistan always had a chance not to get involved with Afghanistan. But your leaders chose to do so.

shahnawaz Jan 25, 2016 11:22am

America always behave like mother in law. who always remains unhappy and pressurize her son's wife do more, do more.

vijay123 Jan 25, 2016 11:43am

@Amir581 Only for Afghanistan border ... better to do it in India border also.............

sourav Ghosh Jan 25, 2016 01:19pm

@Amir581 ...True Amir and it is terrible. A waste of life of humongous problems. The problems is every act of terrorism has been carried out by people created and nurtured by the State itself and now have lost control of. Why is the entire Pakistan so blind to this one fact. It is amazing at how easily everyone is blamed but the real reason never acknowledged. Till that happens lives within Pakistan will continue to be lost

Abdulla Hussain Jan 25, 2016 01:38pm

The more they say do more the stronger Pakistan becomes. Confused, they don't really know what to do next.

Mudassar Jan 25, 2016 02:42pm

@Ahmed USA And sir, could you mention how the world should help Pakistan defeat its enemies? For the enemies lie within Pakistan in the form of religious extremists that are produced in thousands through the hate spewing madrassas and terror camps

Muhammad Ali Jan 25, 2016 02:45pm

We the people of Pakistan should improve our standing among the fraternity of nations. Misguided radicalism malign our beautiful religion and the way we interact and engage with the world.

Democratic Kp Jan 25, 2016 03:55pm

@Sid Barnes Tony blair is not arrested for war crimes in Iraq and afghanistan either.

Rajesh Jan 25, 2016 05:17pm

@Catalyst Why is it America's job to stabilize your region?

Don't ask Jan 25, 2016 08:20pm

@GA In that case it would be better for him to do less, not more.

Don't ask Jan 25, 2016 08:47pm

@indian Unless you haven't noticed, such statements have been issued about every two months for the past several years. Nothing new here. Moving on.

Canada For Canadians Jan 25, 2016 10:23pm

@Syed Zafar Kazmi U.S.A If you knew US policies in the world! US does not want win the war but maintain some wars for economic reasons. As long as there is some war anywhere where US is spending arms ammunitions to keep the economy going and strong.US will keep muslim countries busy in fighting among themselves as long as it can. Pakistan, Libya may be next stop.

F Jan 26, 2016 12:05am

Look who is saying he is the one who created all the trouble in al over the world

Abdul Jan 26, 2016 08:54am

@Osman Try your best.

salman Jan 26, 2016 09:12am

@Lucky Star : How will you vote for him ?

salman Jan 26, 2016 09:16am

@Farooqe Azam : He is not that much dare

rehan Jan 26, 2016 02:33pm

It is the US that needs to "Do more" !

@ Jan 27, 2016 01:49am

his excellency barrack Obama govt.think about their foreign policy specially for it is possible that world power move towards progress and its allies remain in justice.

Zak Jan 27, 2016 03:06am

Obama said the attack on the Pathankot base was “another example of the inexcusable terrorism that India has endured for too long”.

Nothing near what Kashmiris under illegal Indian occupation have endured for past 68 years. 150,000 dead for a start. Read your own White House human rights report on IOK. The one your staff had suppressed. Hypocrit.