“There are states within states. There are some countries dealing with that problem. And then I take a chance to say (as) the (state) leadership you do not have an option to allow this to continue within your institutions..clean up! she said.
Rice was speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here during a seminar on “USA and India: Building Stronger Ties”.
She said it was the “goal” of the United States, in terms of the region, that if there are officials of any country working with or connected with a terrorist group, the state should take up the responsibility. “While talking to Pakistanis I have always said extremism will affect Pakistan. They were extremists who killed Mrs (Benazir) Bhutto. So that’s how one has to deal with the problem of embedded terrorism within the states,” Rice said. The US has “stepped in” at various junctures and after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, the issue was taken up with then Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, Rice said. Noting that the US’s war on Iraq was a “right decision” as it could not have allowed someone like Saddam Hussein to continue, Rice rued the US also made a few wrong decisions while rebuilding that war-torn country.