WASHINGTON - The United States Friday brushed aside senior Federal Minister for Defence Ahmad Mukhtar's claim that his government acted against Jamaatud Daawa to prevent Pakistan from being declared a terrorist state, saying Islamabad took action against the organisation in its own interest. "No" was the response of US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack when his attention was drawn at a news briefing to Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar's statement that Pakistan had to ban the Daawa because if that hadn't happened, it would have been branded a terrorist state. To a question that whether there was any talk at all that Pakistan may be branded as a terrorist state, McCormack clearly denied. "Pakistan did this because it saw it in its interest," the spokesman added. "As we have said many times over, the threat from violent extremists and terrorists in Pakistan is as much a threat to Pakistanis and the Pakistani Government, as it is to anybody else," McCormack said. "All that said it is a welcome step that they (Pakistan) took. This is a day-by-day process and is something that requires vigilance every single day in fighting terrorism," he added. Asked if Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice will be discussing UNSC ban on Daawa when she visits New York next week, McCormack said, "I'm sure that she will touch on the issues related to India and Pakistan." Rice plans to see British Foreign Secretary David Miliband in New York, he said, adding, "And you know, if they do get together, I'm sure that topic will come up."