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US stands with India against LeT, JeM and Haqqani Network

By Arif Qureshi – September 1, 2016

Islamabad: Prior to UN annual summit in mid September Pakistani diplomats at United Nations headquarter are lobbing its supporters to press India to settle the decade old issue of Kashmir according to United Nations resolutions and secure support of membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). But at the same time Pakistan’s crucial ally on War against terror US has bagged its support in the favor of Pakistan’s rival India.

During his stay in India US Secretary of State John Kerry  is very careful neither want to please one country on the cost of other. As he asked Pakistan to do more against Pakistani Militants groups like Lashkr-e-Taiba headed by Hafiz Saeed and Jaish-e-Muhammad led by Masood Azhar but he also appreciated the role of Pakistan fight against terrier. One way he asked Pakistan to leave the distinctions between “good terrorists” and “bad terrorists”, but he also acknowledged that Pakistan itself has been a victim of terrorism who scarified over 50,000 people in fight against terrorism.

US Secretary of State John Kerry is on three days official visit of India where he held annual Strategic and Commercial Dialogue with his counterpart Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. After the dialogue both countries issued a joint statement summarizing outcome of Tuesday’s meeting, the two strategic partners condemned terrorism in all its forms and reaffirmed their commitment to dismantle safe havens for terrorist and criminal networks such as IS terror outfit, Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e- Mohammad, D Company and its affiliates, and also the Haqqani Network.

US Secretary of State John Kerry

The two countries, which held their annual Strategic and Commercial Dialogue yesterday, also said they will “redouble” efforts towards India’s early entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) which was opposed by China. China had objected to India’s candidacy when the NSG plenary had taken up its application in Seoul in July. The US urged the NSG member countries to support India’s bid for their “common interest”.

According to statement both US and India demanded Pakistan to do more and bring the Hafiz Saeed’s LeT perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attacks  and 2016 Pathankot terrorists attacks responsible Masood Azhar JeM  to justice. The sides will continue to review and consider other organizations that warrant terrorist designations including those that engage in cross-border terrorism,” according to the joint statement About South China dispute, the two sides “stressed the importance of maintaining freedom of navigation, freedom of over flight, and unimpeded lawful commerce throughout the region, including in the South China Sea.

Calling for “utmost respect” for international law, as reflected in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), they reiterated that States should resolve disputes through peaceful means, and exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that could complicate or escalate disputes. China has been increasing its assertiveness in South China Sea notwithstanding the verdict of an arbitration court in The Hague that China had no historical title over the South China Sea.

On India’s NSG bid, the statement said, “In a further effort to strengthen global non-proliferation and export controls, the sides committed to redouble their efforts towards India’s early entry into the NSG” The US also re-affirmed its support for India’s early membership of the other export control regimes — Australia Group and the Wassenaar Arrangement, quoted by DNA India.

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

[with inputs of media reports]

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