Addressing the gathering of students and academicians at the IIT Delhi, US Secretary of State John Kerry underlined fighting terror a priority for the world order. Emphasising on the deepening Indo-US strategic and military ties, Kerry said terror groups like Daesh, Al Qaeda, LeT, JeM can’t be fought by a single nation alone.
In the same breath, the US Secretary of State stressed that polarisation anywhere is not good. It reflects intolerance, frustration with governance.
Seconding India’s perspective that Pakistan has to do more work towards clearing the terror sanctuaries, he said it must push harder against “indigenous groups” operating from its soil that are affecting ties with India and Afghanistan’s peace and stability.
“It is clear that Pakistan has work to do in order to push harder against its indigenous groups that are engaged in terrorist activities. They must work with us to help clear sanctuary of bad actors who are affecting not only India- Pakistan relationship but also our ability to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan,” Kerry said.
The US Secretary of State, who is on a three-day visit to New Delhi, said that he has discussed with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif the issue of taking stronger action against groups such as the Haqqani network and LeT.
“We are working on it. I have been working on this issue very hard. I have had many engagements with Nawaz Sharif. We have been talking on the sanctuaries in the western part of the country, how to deal more effectively with the Haqqani network and the LeT,” he said addressing the session at the IIT Delhi.
Besides combating terrorism, John Kerry also spoke on the issue of civil liberties and right to dissent.
“We have to respect rights of all our citizens irrespective of creed and allow them to protest in peace without fear that they will be jailed for speaking,” Kerry said.
During his townhall with the students, he said the deepening relations between India and US is very crucial for the rest of the world too.
Terrorism, more specifically that emanating from Pakistan, figured prominently during the talks John Kerry and Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday. Ms Swaraj briefed the US Secretary of State extensively on the “continuing problem of cross-border terrorism that India and the larger region face from Pakistan”.
The US also fully backed India on its demand that Pakistan should act against terrorists operating from sanctuaries on its soil with Kerry asserting that his country “stands in strong partnership with India” against all terrorism.
(With inputs from the Agencies)