United States asks Pakistan to act against LeT and JeM

By Arif Qureshi |September, 30, 2016 |

Islamabad:After the Uri attack there is tremendous pressure on Indian Government from different segment of society to launch a surgical operation inside Pakistan and kill Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar in the same way as the US forces shot 9/11 mastermind Al-Qaeda head Osama bin Laden in May 2011. Amid Indian desires United States repeated its old demand asking Pakistan to dismantle infrastructure of terrorist organizations including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohmmad (JeM) inside Pakistan.

on the occasion when tension between two nuclear armed arch rivals India and Pakistan at its peak, US National Security Adviser Susan Rice spoke with her counterpart Ajit Doval on Thursday. In the telephonic conversation with Ajit Doval, the first after Uri-terrorist attack, Susan strongly condemned the September 18 cross-border attack on the Indian Army Brigade headquarters in Indian controlled Kashmir and offered condolences to the victims and their families. According to US National Security Council spokesperson Ned Price told media that US National Security Adviser Susan Rice called her Indian counterpart Ajit Doval and condemned the Uri terrorist attack saying the White House expects Pakistan to take “effective action to combat and delegitimise” UN-designated terrorist groups.

“Ambassador Rice reiterated our expectation that Pakistan take effective action to combat and delegitimise United Nations-designated terrorist individuals and entities, including Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, and their affiliates,” Spokesperson of National Security Council Ned Price said. LeT founder Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Jaish-e-Muhmmad, its head Maulana Masood Azhar have been designated terrorists by both United States and United Nations.

“He affirmed President Obama’s commitment to redouble our efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of terrorism throughout the world,” Price said. “Ambassador Rice discussed our shared commitment with India to pursue regional peace and stability and pledged to deepen collaboration on counter-terrorism matters including on UN terrorist designations,” Price added.

Tow influential US Democrat Senators John Cornyn and Republican Mark Warner also urged Pakistan co-operate with India in the light of Uri attack, in a letter to Indian prime Minister Narendra Modi they said, “We are greatly concerned about initial indications that the perpetrators of this attack were Pakistani and that the attack emanated from Pakistan. If true, this attack would be just the latest in a series of deadly attacks in India conducted by Pakistan-based terrorist groups,”

US National Security Adviser Susan Rice spoke on the occasion when tension between two nuclear armed arch rivals India and Pakistan at its peak, on Thursday Indian director-general of military operations held a press conference making claims about surgical strikes inside Pakistani controlled Kashmir and saying “our soldiers had crept over the highly militarized border in darkness and struck at about half a dozen staging areas before dawn on thrusday where it said teams of militants were gathering, preparing to launch attacks both in the disputed Kashmir region and in unspecified cities across India.”

But the Pakistan army has dismissed claims that India’s military conducted “surgical strikes” against “terrorist units” on its side of the border in Kashmir region, but acknowledged the loss of two of its soldiers in the exchange of fire that also wounded nine others on Thursday. Soon after the claim Pakistan army’ Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) spokesman General Asim Bajwa dismissed the Indian claims and said that there had been cross border fire initiated and conducted by India which is an existential phenomenon.

The Writer is Editor Daily Online News Paper “The Fortress” He can be reached at arifqoreshi@gmail.com


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