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US tells Pakistan to delegitimise all terrorist groups

Despite calls to take action against terrorism, the US refrained from taking a stand against China's decision to veto UN resolution on Jaish terrorist Azhar. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Washington, United States Oct 15, 2016, 04.01 AM (IST)

The United States once again urged Pakistan to combat and delegitimise all terrorist groups operating on its soil on Friday. In a daily briefing, the US state department spokesman Mark Toner called on Pakistan to do more to crack down on extremism. 

"Obviously Pakistan has suffered greatly at the hands of terrorists and violent extremists. We want to help Pakistan confront this terrorist threat," he said in response to a question. 

Evading the question about Washington's position on China's veto against the United Nations resolution on designating Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist, Toner said thousands of innocent people have been killed in the name of terrorism and we want Pakistan to go after those terrorists who seek and sometimes find safe haven on Pakistan territory.

China was the sole member to support Pakistan in the 15-nation United Nations Security Council, extending its “technical hold” on India’s efforts for a UN ban against Masood Azhar.

On Friday, the United States had branded Jamaat-ul-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed as an avowed terrorist, asserting that both him and the Lashkar-e-Toiba are designated by the Barack Obama-led Government and have the blood of several innocents on their hands.


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