John Kerry visits Pakistan to shore up counterterror cooperation
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John Kerry visits Pakistan to shore up counterterror cooperation

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Pakistan to press the country’s leadership to step up the fight against extremists and eliminate safe havens for terror groups along the Afghan border.

Kerry arrived in Islamabad on a previously unannounced visit Monday and was heading directly into meetings with Pakistan’s prime minister and national security adviser.

Pakistan has boosted operations against violent extremists, notably after last month’s deadly Taliban attack on a Peshawar school that killed 150 people, many of them children.

But U.S. officials traveling with Kerry said he would urge more robust action to root out all militant groups, including those that target Pakistan’s arch-rival India.

Kerry will also make the case for improved ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as a cooling of tensions with India.