US has said it shares India’s concern over terror groups freely operating out of Pakistan
The US shares India’s concern over the continued ability of terrorist outfits to operate on Pakistani soil, a senior Trump administration official said, stressing that tackling this core issue by Islamabad is critical to the prospects of its better relations with New Delhi.
Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, said conversations on counter-terrorism has always been a very important part of the US-India relationship and the two countries have been coordinating on ‘wanted’ terrorists and terror outfits.
“We have a thriving counter-terrorism dialogue. We have ongoing efforts by the US administration to sanction a range of global terrorists, including nearly a dozen Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) targets and aliases over the last year,” she said at an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a top American think-tank.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba carried out the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, killing 166 people, including American nationals. “And certainly, with the 10th anniversary of the Mumbai attack approaching, we share a concern over the continued ability of terrorists proxies to operate on Pakistani soil,” Ms Wells said.
Referring to a recent remark by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Ms Wells said the US was “looking for actions, not words” from the government of Pakistan. And obviously this is a shared concern…