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Close down terror camps, US asks Pak

Boucher asserted that Musharraf should change the course of his country as he had decided following 9/11.

india Updated: Sep 01, 2009 16:42 IST
PTI

Camps and operations of Kashmiri terrorist outfits working out of Pakistan "will have to be closed down," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia designate Richard Boucher said.

He asserted that President Pervez Musharraf should change the course of his country as he had decided following 9/11 attacks on US.

Asked during his Senate confirmation hearing about Kashmiri terror outfits operating out of Pakistan, Boucher said Washington had "again and again made clear that the Line of Control has to be respected and camps and operations will have to be closed down."

Boucher was responding to questions by Senator Richard Lugar, panel head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in the interactive session following his testimony.

Senator Lugar quizzed Boucher on what the State Department was doing about the resurgence of the Taliban militia operating from bases inside Pakistan as also what Musharraf had done about Kashmiri terrorist groups operating from within his country.

Boucher responded by pointing out that Musharraf had made a "fundamental decision" of changing the course of Pakistan in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 and that this is a long-term effort.

"It is important for Pakistan to carry that out," Boucher said.

First Published: Feb 17, 2006 03:54 IST