Russia asks Pakistan to take steps to contain terror groups

Updated on Sep 30, 2016 08:56 PM IST

Russia said on Friday it expected Islamabad to take “effective” steps to stop the activities of terrorist groups in its territory as it voiced concern over “aggravation” of the situation along the Line of Control (LoC).

A combination photo of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Russian President Vladimir Putin.(File Photo)
A combination photo of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Russian President Vladimir Putin.(File Photo)
ByPTI, New Delhi

Russia said on Friday it expected Islamabad to take “effective” steps to stop the activities of terrorist groups in its territory as it voiced concern over “aggravation” of the situation along the Line of Control (LoC).

It also asked the two neighbours not to allow any escalation of tension and settle their disputes through negotiations.

In a statement, the Russian foreign ministry said it stands for “decisive struggle” against terrorism in all its manifestations.

“We are concerned with the aggravation lately of the situation along the line of control between India and Pakistan.

“We are calling on the parties not to allow any escalation of tension and to settle the existing problems by political and diplomatic means through negotiations. We stand for decisive struggle against terrorism in all its manifestations.”

The statement came amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan after the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC on the intervening night of September 28 and 29, seen as a reprisal for the Uri attack.

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