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US tells Pakistan to delegitimise all terrorist groups in country

The US told Pakistan on Friday to take action to combat and delegitimise all terrorist groups operating on its soil.

world Updated: Oct 15, 2016 12:06 IST
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US President Barack Obama meets Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.
US President Barack Obama meets Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.(Reuters File Photo)

The US told Pakistan on Friday to take action to combat and delegitimise all terrorist groups operating on its soil.

“We continue to urge Pakistan to take action to combat and delegitimise all terrorist groups operating on its soil,” State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference.

“Obviously Pakistan has suffered greatly at the hands of terrorists and violent extremists. We want to help Pakistan confront this terrorist threat, but we also want Pakistan also to go after those terrorists who seek and sometimes find safe haven on Pakistan territory,” he said in response to a question.

His remarks come amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following the Uri terror attack in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed and India’s surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC on the intervening night of September 28 and 29.

Read | Uri attack an act of cross-border terror, India has right to defend itself: US

Earlier this week, in a clear indication of its support for India’s surgical strikes in PoK, the US said it empathises with the Indian position that it needs to respond militarily to terror threats and dubbed the Uri attack as a “clear case of cross-border terrorism”.

The US had also called for greater cooperation and dialogue between India and Pakistan to bring down tensions and said that they should adopt a “conciliatory approach” to resolve their “contentious issues”.