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Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Steps “Important But Not Irreversible”: US

US known as Pakistan’s latest counter-terror mesaures “important but not irreversible” (File)

Washington:

The Trump administration is urgent Islamabad to take “credible steps” to dismantle the phobia teams working from its soil, a prime US diplomat has mentioned, describing Islamabad’s latest counter-terrorism mesaures just like the prosecution and conviction of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed as “important but not irreversible”.

Speaking at an Atlantic Council-organised digital dialogue, Alice Wells, the outgoing Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, additionally mentioned the US encourages sensible steps that India and Pakistan can take to scale back bilateral tensions.

She mentioned the latest counter-terrorism steps being undertaken by Pakistan are vital however not irreversible.

“I don’t turn these steps irreversible, but they’re important steps. Whether it’s the prosecution and conviction of (JuD chief) Hafiz Saeed, the seizure of assets, certainly what we’ve seen on the documentation, better documentation of the economy and we need to keep that focus and work with our international partners,” Ms Wells mentioned on the session held by the Washington DC-based suppose tank on Wednesday.

Participating within the dialogue with Richard Verma, the previous US Ambassador to India, Ms Wells additionally mentioned that the Trump administration continues to encourage sensible steps for India and Pakistan to scale back tensions.

“We certainly support practical steps that India and Pakistan can take to reduce tensions such as restoring the 2003 line of control ceasefire, while continuing of course to press Pakistan to take credible steps to dismantle terrorist groups,” she mentioned.

The Indian authorities led by late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee entered right into a ceasefire settlement with Pakistan alongside the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir on November 26, 2003.

The Indo-Pak hyphenation is now discovered solely in historical past books, she mentioned.

Noting that the US considers Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 200 million inhabitants, as an vital associate, she mentioned that the Trump administration will not be blind to the cross-cutting concern of terrorism.

“The administration has a very strong stance on terrorism. It’s principled approach towards combating non-state actors and the presence of non-state actors has also been a boon in our broader global engagement and certainly in our engagement with India,” she mentioned.

The US has repeatedly requested Pakistan to finish its assist and protected haven offered to all terrorist teams working on its soil, whose solely aim is to sow chaos, violence, and terror within the area, to terrorist protected havens contained in the nation.

Ms Wells mentioned that what actually made it a warning shot throughout the bow was the worldwide neighborhood’s response to the Pulwama terrorist assault in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).

Pakistan was underneath intense international strain to rein in terrorist outfits working from its soil after the Pulwama assault in February, 2019.

At least 40 CRPF personnel have been killed in one of many deadliest terror assaults in Jammu and Kashmir when a JeM suicide bomber rammed a automobile carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.

“There was an escalatory period. It was quite concerning to everyone. But India did not come under criticism for its response. And it didn’t come under criticism by principal allies or partners or friends of Pakistan because there was a deep concern over the fact that a non-state actor was being allowed to, or was able to operate in a fashion that was destabilising to global security,” she mentioned.

Earlier, she advised reporters throughout a convention name that the suspension of safety help by President Donald Trump in 2018 marked a basic change within the nation’s strategy in direction of Pakistan.

“The South Asia strategy made it clear that Pakistan needed to take decisive action against these (terror) groups, particularly those who support the conflict in Afghanistan and threaten regional stability,” Ms Wells mentioned.

Since then, the United States has seen some steps by Pakistan to encourage the Taliban to advance the Afghan peace course of, Ms Wells mentioned.
 

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