Violent extremists within Pak a threat to US, region and entire world: Obama

     US President Barack Obama has said that militants based on Pakistani soil pose a serious security threat not only to Pakistan and the region, but also to the United States and the whole world. Addressing a meeting of the 26-member Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FoDP), Obama highlighted that America and Pakistan were facing a 'common threat'. "We also face a common threat. The violent extremists within Pakistan pose a threat to the region, to the United States, and to the world. Above all, they threaten the security of the Pakistani people," Obama said. Obama said a sustained and prolong effort is required to thwart the nefarious aims of the militants in the region, and asked the international community to help Pakistan so that it can be rescued from the prevalent turbulent situation. "We believe that hope can triumph over fear, and that adversity can be replaced by opportunity. Success will require a sustained and expanded commitment from the international community," The News quoted Obama, as saying. "We know that there are difficult challenges ahead. But that is why we must remain focused, we must be committed, and we must stay together. As Pakistan makes progress, the United States will be there as a partner," Obama said. The FoDP group includes the United States, Britain, France, China, the United Nations, the European Union and the World Bank. Its prime objective is to support economic and social development in the troubled nation (Pakistan).

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