New Delhi has conveyed to Washington that Pakistan-based terrorist groups were not only a threat to India or the US but also the entire world.
Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon, who recently returned from the US after holding detailed discussions with senior US government officials, in an interview to the All India Radio, said: “I think it is clear this sort of terrorism out of Pakistan is a global menace. Not only a threat to India or to the US, it is a threat to the entire globe.”
“So we also discussed what we could be doing in terms of international action, whether in terms of listing more entities and individuals in the UN Security Council list of terrorist organisations and their supporters — you know like we listed Jamaat-ud-Dawah last December — or whether the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, whether we can make progress on that in the UN. We discussed those kinds of steps also. So, I think the determination is very strong on both sides to see that we carry this through so that we can ultimately hope to eliminate the scourge,” he said.
“The source of the problem is not so much in Afghanistan, as sanctuaries and the support that the Taliban and other extremists get in Pakistan and there actually it is very important that Pakistan decides to stop using these elements as instruments of State policy abroad in Afghanistan or in India, all these extremist groups. And that is crucial. We have made our views quite clear,” Menon said.
India, US deny report
Senior officials of the Ministry of External Affairs and the US embassy in New Delhi denied a report by the television channel NDTV that the US had asked India to pullback troops from the Pakistan border.
A spokesperson of the US embassy told HT: “The US categorically denies this report. There is no pressure on India on troop level.” A senior MEA official also denied the report.
“India has told the US that Pakistan is responsible for tension between the two countries. India has also told the US that it hadn’t deployed extra troops after the Mumbai attacks. Rather it was Pakistan, which has sent thousands of troops,” the NDTV report said.