India, US ask Pakistan to stop providing safe haven to terrorists, militants

Photo of India's External Minister Sushma Swaraj along with United States (US Secretary of State) John Kerry.

New Delhi: India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj after meeting United States (US Secretary of State) John Kerry at the conclusion of the second India-US Strategic Dialogue today said that Pakistan should stop providing safe haven to terrorists and terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and the ‘D-Company’.

“(US) Secretary (of State John) Kerry and I had similar views on the issue of global terrorism. No nation should adopt double standards on terrorism such as differentiating between good terrorists and bad terrorists,” she said.

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Sushma Swaraj added that it is incumbent upon Pakistan “to stop providing safe haven to terrorists and terror outfits” such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and the D-Company.

“Secretary Kerry and I also agreed that Pakistan should act soon to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai and 2016 Pathankot attacks in India,” she said.

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The Minister said the two sides also agreed to the need for greater bilateral cooperation to counter terrorism, especially the sharing of information and intelligence about the terrorists who have been identified or are suspicious.

She said, “We agreed that we would share more intelligence related to terrorism and would work together to bring terrorists and terror groups in the UN list.”

 

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