Washington D C (United States), Nov.19 (ANI
): The United States has said Pakistan needs to take more effective action against terror groups operating from its soil.
A senior White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that while Washington recognizes the sacrifices of people and the security forces of Pakistan in fighting terrorist networks, President Barack Obama has emphasized that Islamabad can and must also take more effective action against terrorist groups.
The White House official was responding to a "We the People" online petition that was signed by a record almost 666,000 people.
The petition asked the Obama administration to declare Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism, as desired by a bill introduced in the U S House of Representatives by two Congressmen Ted Poe and Dana Rohrabacher. (ANI