Three key pillars of the US administration — the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department — joined hands on Thursday in an effort to tone down anti-Pakistan tirade stirred by the arrest of a Pakistani-American in the Times Square bombing attempt earlier this week.
The most forceful attempt to deflect anti-Pakistan rhetoric came from the State Department, where Assistant Secretary of State Philip Crowley said he would not allow the department’s platform to be used to suggest that all terrorist activities in the world originated in that country.

“I’m not going to entertain a question that implicates one country, and to suggest that all terrorism in the world is the responsibility of one country. That’s not true,” said Mr Crowley.

The State Department also said that US Ambassador Anne Patterson had spoken on Thursday with Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi and other senior officials in Islamabad.

She held similar meetings with President Asif Ali Zardari and Mr Qureshi on Wednesday.

The meetings took place against the backdrop of the countries’ determination to “continue to work together, to investigate the attempted bombing in Times Square,” Mr Crowley said.

The White House said that alleged failed bomber Faisal Shahzad’s links to North Waziristan were not discussed at President Barack Obama’s war council meeting on Thursday, which focussed on the situation in Afghanistan.

The White House also said that it was not supporting a move in the US Congress to strip the citizenship of a terror suspect because it believed this was not an effective way of dealing with this problem.

The Pentagon recalled that the Pakistanis too had “lost thousands and thousands of their military men and women as well as their civilians due to terrorist attacks”.

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