Washington: The United States has asked Pakistan to take sustained and irreversible action against the perpetrators of terrorism, while also warning the country that another terror attack on India will prove to be "extremely problematic".
"Our view is that Pakistan must take sustained action to reign in the terrorist groups, mainly the Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Lashkar-e-Taiba, so as to ensure that we dont have re-escalation (of tension) in the region," an official told reporters at the White House on Wednesday.
"And, if there's any additional terrorist attack without Pakistan taking action against the terrorist groups, it would be extremely problematic for Pakistan and it would cause re-escalation of tensions, which is dangerous for both countries," the official said on the condition of anonymity.
Officials said that Pakistan has taken some "initial" actions. They have frozen the assets of some terrorist groups and made some arrests. They have taken administrative control of some of the JeM facilities, the official added.
"But we clearly need to see more. We need to see irreversible action because in the past, the same arrests have happened and then a few months later, they released these individuals. The terrorist leaders are sometimes still allowed to travel around the country, hold rallies," the official said.
Reiterating that the United States is looking for "irreversible action", the official said America is working with its international partners to increase pressure on Pakistan. "Because it has been too long that these groups have been able to operate."