United States has strongly asked Pakistan do lot more on controlling terror in the region. Expressing strong concerns over the terror attack in Uri and situation in Kashmir, US Secretary of State John Kerry asked Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to prevent terrorists from using Pakistani territory as safe havens.
The two had met on the sidelines of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
Addressing the press, State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said that Kerry “reiterated the need for Pakistan to prevent all terrorists from using Pakistani territory as safe havens.”
Trying to build its narrative vis-à-vis tension in Kashmir, Sharif had raised the issue of alleged human rights violations and killings in Kashmir and sought American help to resolve the Kashmir issue.
India, on its part, has blamed Pakistan for fuelling the fragile situation in the valley which has seen a spike in protest off-late. Even the initial leads in Sunday’s terror attack at Uri army camp points needle at Pakistan as the dastardly attack is believed to have been carried by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) terror group.
“The Prime Minister and Secretary Kerry expressed strong concern with recent violence in Kashmir – particularly the army base attack – and the need for all sides to reduce tensions,” John Kirby said adding that US want to see more progress from Pakistan in dealing with the terror groups effectively.
“We’ve seen some progress; we want to see more, and I think moving forward we’ll just continue to work closely and try to encourage greater counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan but also within the region,” US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner said.
During the meeting, Kerry also stressed the need for restraint in nuclear weapons programs.
According to Pakistan authorities, Sharif asked the “US Administration and Secretary Kerry to use his good offices to help in resolving bilateral issues between Pakistan and India.”
India is also set to raise the issue of situation in Kashmir at the United Nations General Assembly, besides the issue of terrorism and especially the cross-border terrorism.
Earlier, during the East Asian Summit, PM Narendra Modi had targeted Pakistan on the issue of terror. Without naming Pakistan, PM Modi sought an isolation of “one country” producing and exporting terror.
“There’s one country in our neighbourhood whose competitive advantage rests solely in producing and exporting terrorism,” he said in his address at the East Asia Summit, without naming Pakistan.
(With inputs from the Agencies)