India, US tell Pak to stop hosting terrorists

India, US tell Pak to stop hosting terrorists

Courtesy : Agencies08/09/2018 17:21

Bring perpetrators of 26/11, Uri, Pathankot attacks to justice

 New Delhi: India and the United States on Thursday asked Pakistan to ensure that its territory was not used to launch terror attacks and expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators of cross-border terror strikes, including those on Mumbai, Pathankot and Uri.

The stern warning to Pakistan came after the inaugural India-US ‘2+2’ ministerial dialogue.

During the talks, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held wide-ranging deliberations with US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis.

“The ministers announced their intent to increase information-sharing efforts on known or suspected terrorists and to implement the UN Security Council Resolution 2396 on returning foreign terrorist fighters,” read a joint statement issued after the talks.

“The ministers denounced any use of terrorist proxies in the region, and in this context, called on Pakistan to ensure that the territory under its control is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries,” the statement added.

The ministers further called on Pakistan to bring to justice expeditiously the perpetrators of the Mumbai, Pathankot, Uri, and other cross-border terrorist attacks.

They also welcomed the launch of a bilateral dialogue on designation of terrorists in 2017, which strengthened cooperation and action against terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hizbul Mujahideen, the Haqqani Network, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, D-Company, and their affiliates, read the statement  

The two sides further reaffirmed their commitment to the ongoing and future cooperation to ensure a stable cyberspace environment and to prevent cyber-attacks.

Addressing a joint press conference, Swaraj said the Indo-US counter-terrorism cooperation had acquired a new “qualitative edge and purpose”.

“We welcomed the recent designations of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists by the United States. They underscore the international community’s scrutiny over the threat of terrorism emanating from Pakistan, which has affected India and the United States alike,” Swaraj said.

“In the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 attacks, we recognised the importance of justice and retribution for the masterminds behind this terrorist attack,” she added.

Sitharaman, in her remarks, said India and the US were committed to work together to combat the “persistent threat of terrorism” and other shared security challenges.

Mattis said he and Pompeo, during the talks, gave insights on a range of issues from the North Korea sanctions to counter terror cooperation, recognising that both the nations had endured the effects of senseless terrorist strikes like the one on Mumbai, which killed innocents from more than a dozen countries.

“We remember those lives lost as we approach the 10th anniversary of attacks this November,” said Mattis.

Pompeo said the two sides were committed to deepen their “already strong” counter terror cooperation.

The ministers further committed to enhance their ongoing cooperation in multilateral fora such as the UN and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and reaffirmed their support for a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism that will advance and strengthen the framework for global cooperation and reinforce the message that no cause or grievance justifies terrorism.

“We also discussed the situation in South Asia in some detail. India supports President (Donald) Trump’s South Asia Policy. His call for Pakistan to stop its policy of supporting cross-border terrorism finds resonance with us,” said Swaraj.

She said the efforts by India and the US in promoting an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan government-controlled  reconciliation process was also discussed during the talks

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