Finally, the incessant calls of “do more” have yielded some substance – we are getting a piecemeal picture of what it might entail. According to news reports, America has asked Pakistan to do more in its operations against militant outfits and individuals who are involved in militancy. However, this time shift from its past policy is visible. Instead of targeting militants on its own, the US government has shared a list of terrorists with Islamabad and intelligence information which should enable Pakistan to take action against these groups.

While Pakistan, in the past had consistently asked the U.S to share intelligence with its security officials to carry out operations against terrorist, most of the times the request would be turned down. The recent shift from targeting on its own the terrorists’ safe havens and allow Pakistan to operate against militants is a welcoming one. There can never be enough intelligence sharing between nations who are combating a common threat,

While there is a hope that mutual trust-building measures like intelligence sharing and reliance on one another will help both countries, Washington needs to be reminded that Pakistan is a partner to the U.S in its war on terror. The tone and language of Rex Tillerson suggest that he is still speaking the mind of Modi while asking Pakistan to eliminate terrorists. Insistence on tracking down groups active in Kashmir will put Islamabad in an awkward position.

The US named groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba to be one of the most active terrorist organisations in South Asia. Founded in 1987 by Hafiz Saeed, Abdullah Azzam and Zafar Iqbal in Afghanistan, the is based in Pakistan. How much will this affect the government - which has already placed Hafiz Saeed under house arrest – remains to be seen.

Nevertheless, there is no doubt that the majority of the groups and individuals in the list have targeted civilians and security forces without any discrimination. Islamabad is very keen on eradicating such elements. Pakistani state also finds most of the groups mentioned in the list as equally dangerous for its security and interests.

Assuming the US is actually passing along actionable information; Pakistan should be using this opportunity to demonstrate its continued commitment to anti-terrorism to silence ill-intentioned detractors. More importantly, it should actively seek to root out each and every group from the country’s soil.