WASHINGTON - Stepping up its pressure, the United States Friday reaffirmed its stand that Pakistan take action to combat and delegitimise all terrorist groups operating on its soil.

“We continue to urge Pakistan to take action to combat and delegitimise all terrorist groups operating on its soil,” State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters at the daily press briefing.

He was responding to a question from an Indian journalist about Washington's position on China blocking India's bid for a ban on the Pakistan-based Jamaatud Dawa chief, Hafiz Saeed, whom the US has also designated as a terrorist.

Toner made no mention about China's action, but said, "We want to help Pakistan confront this terrorist threat, but we also want Pakistan to go after those terrorists who seek and sometimes find safe haven on Pakistan territory," he said while acknowledging that Pakistan has suffered greatly at the hands of terrorists and violent extremists.

On Wednesday, the US called for greater cooperation and dialogue between India and Pakistan to bring down tensions and said that they should adopt a “conciliatory approach” to resolve their "contentious issues."