Washington: A top US counter- terrorism official said, the Obama administration continues to press Islamabad for increased action against militant groups like LeT, which is responsible for the Mumbai attacks.

The Official has described the tribal belt of Pakistan as lawless and a safe haven for terrorists.
"While Pakistan has made progress on the counter- terrorism front, specifically against Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, the challenge remains to make these gains durable and sustainable," Daniel Benjamin, Coordinator for Counter- terrorism Office in State Department said.

He also said, “The US continues to ask Pakistan to take action against LeT. We continue to press Pakistan for increased action against Lashkar-e-Taiba and other terrorist groups."

Talking about al-Qaeda, he said, “Though the terror network's core has become weaker, it retains the capacity to conduct regional and transnational attacks also its affiliates have grown stronger."
 
Benjamin said Pakistan, particularly its Federally Administered Tribal Area and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the northwest, continues to be used as a base for terrorist organizations operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

 (Agencies)