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Pakistan needs to stop harbouring terrorists, prevent cross-border attacks: US

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • US saw what happened in India on February 14: US
  • Indo-Pak conflict arose due to the terrorists that departed from Pakistan, US said
  • We need the Pakistanis to step up, US said

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed Pakistan for harbouring terrorists and said that the country needs to do more about the terrorists operating from its soil. Pompeo also said that US saw what happened in India on February 14 and the conflict arose due to the terrorists that departed from Pakistan.

He was referring to the recent escalation in tensions between the two nuclear states following the deadly February 14 attack carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district that left 40 personnel dead.

“We saw what happened with India, the conflict that arose there as a result of terrorists that departed from Pakistan. We need the Pakistanis to step up. They need to stop harbouring terrorists,” Pompeo told Fox and Friends in an interview.

Mike Pompeo also said the Donald Trump administration has taken action against Pakistan that no other previous governments have taken. However, he said, “We need Pakistan to do more. They have to stop harbouring these terrorists.

On Friday, the United States and India asked Pakistan to take “tangible and irreversible action” against terrorist groups on its soil and deny safe haven to them to launch cross-border attacks. The development came as Washington reiterated its firm support to New Delhi in the fight against terrorism.

The US’ support to India was expressed by America’s National Security Advisor John Bolton during a meeting with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Wednesday (March 14).

John Bolton tweeted: “Met with Indian FS Gokhale to advance progress on the US-India strategic partnership & our shared vision for the Indo-Pacific, as well as reiterate that the US stands shoulder-to-shoulder with India in the fight against terrorism.”

The US support came a day after China blocked India’s bid to get Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist by the United Nations Security Council.

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