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US tells Pakistan delegitimise all terror groups

Following the Uri terror attack in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed and India launched surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC on the intervening night of September 28 and 29
Mark Toner

Stressing on terrorism issues, the United States on Friday told Pakistan to act against those terrorists who seek and “sometimes find safe haven” in the country and delegitimise all terror 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 Spokesman Mark Toner said in his daily news conference.

“Obviously Pakistan has suffered greatly at the hands of terrorists and violent extremists. We want to help Pakistan confront this terrorist threat, but we also want Pakistan also to go after those terrorists who seek and sometimes find safe haven on Pakistan territory,” Toner responded to a question on Friday.

The US official’s remarks come at a time when India and Pakistan are in stand-off, following the Uri terror attack in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed and India’s surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC on the intervening night of September 28 and 29.

Earlier this week, in a clear indication of its support for India’s surgical strikes in PoK, the US said it empathises with the Indian position that it needs to respond militarily to terror threats and dubbed the Uri attack as a “clear case of cross-border terrorism.” The US had also called for greater cooperation and dialogue between India and Pakistan to bring down the recent tensions and said that they should adopt a “conciliatory approach” to resolve their “contentious issues.”

Meanwhile, seeking to further isolate Pakistan on terror, India will mount a major diplomatic offensive against it and push for stepped up cooperation, including support for a comprehensive global convention to tackle the menace, when it hosts on Sunday the annual summit of BRICS, a 5-nation grouping representing nearly half of the world’s population.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the leaders will discuss ways to address “pressing international and regional challenges that stand in the way of our goals”.

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