Need to support Pak efforts to combat violent terrorism: US

Observing that Pakistan has suffered greatly at the hands of terrorists and violent extremists, the US has said it is in its long term interest to support Islamabad's efforts to combat violent extremism and build a more stable, tolerant and democratic society.

"We believe that US long-term interests are best served by supporting Pakistan's efforts to combat violent extremism and build a more stable, tolerant, democratic society," a State Department spokesperson yesterday told PTI responding to reports that Pakistan Army attacked suspected militant hideouts close to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

"We've seen the reports. We'd refer you to the government of Pakistan," the official said, adding "Pakistan has suffered greatly at the hands of terrorists and violent extremists."

The United States has long stood in solidarity with the people of Pakistan and all who fight the menace of terrorism, the spokesperson said.

"We are grateful for the sacrifices the Pakistani military and people have made in combating terrorism, shutting down terrorist safe havens, and restoring government control to parts of Pakistan that have been used as terrorist safe havens for years," the official said.

PTI