In a strong message to Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said that in her meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, India and US have agreed to jointly fight terrorism.
In a strong message to Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said that in her meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, India and US have agreed to jointly fight terrorism. “I apprised Secretary John Kerry of cross border terrorism by Pakistan. There can’t be double standards in combating terror,” Swaraj said hitting out at the neighbouring country. “We both agreed that a country (Pakistan) should not differentiate between terror as good or bad. Pakistan should withdraw safe havens provided to LeT, JeM and D-Company,” Sushma Swaraj said. “Secretary Kerry & I agreed that Pakistan needs to take fast track actions to catch perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attack & 2016 Pathankot attack,” Swaraj said. No nation can be a terror haven, was the big message that emerged from the talks between Swaraj and Kerry.
Supporting Swaraj’s statements, Kerry said, “We cannot and will not make distinctions between good and bad terrorist and terror. US continues to support all efforts to bring the perpetrators of 2008 Mumbai and 2016 Pathankot attacks to justice.”
Earlier in her opening remarks at the Second India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, Swaraj had said, “We have taken some steps to strengthen our cooperation in the area of counter-terrorism as envisaged in the Joint Declaration issued during the last meeting of this mechanism. There is scope to do a lot more. This would be an important element of our deliberations today.”
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This is the second blunt and hard message delivered by India to Pakistan today. Earlier in the day, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is on a US visit had spoken on the Kashmir issue, saying, “As far as Kashmir is concerned the government of India has been proactive. Most of the violence comes from across the border. The curfew has been lifted. Kashmir has a government which is democratically elected and the CM belongs to the Valley. A small percentage of people is holding majority at ransom.”