Barack Obama Criticises Pakistan On Terrorism Fight

"(BBC)
US President Barack Obama has criticised the pace of Pakistan's fight against militants within its borders.

""Progress is not as quick as we'd like,"" said Mr Obama.

He was speaking in the Indian city of Mumbai on the second day of a 10-day Asian tour designed to boost US exports and create jobs.

Mr Obama called for dialogue between India and Pakistan, adding that India was the country with the biggest stake in Pakistan's success.

US support for Pakistan is one of the most sensitive issues Mr Obama faces during his visit, says the BBC's Mark Dummett in Delhi.

Many Indians think the US cannot be trusted as long as it continues to supply weapons to Pakistan's army, this country's ""enemy number one"", adds our correspondent.

No distractions needed Answering questions from a gathered crowd of students at St Xavier's College, Mr Obama gave an impassioned defence of US policy in the region. One student asked him why the US did not declare Pakistan a terrorist state.

""We will work with the Pakistani government in order to eradicate this extremism that we consider a cancer within the country that can potentially engulf the country,"" said Mr Obama."