US urges Pakistan to do more to tackle terror menace

Sharif had earlier wrote to the UN urging it to ask the Indian government to stop its alleged brutalities in Kashmir. Photograph:( AFP )

WION New York, NY, United States Sep 19, 2016, 11.06 PM (IST)
US Secretary of State John Kerry has asked Pakistan to stop jihadists from using their country as safe havens.

"(Pakistan) Prime Minister (Nawaz Sharif) 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," State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said, The Times of India reported.

US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner also urged India and Pakistan to "work closely" to tackle the menace in the subcontinent. "We've seen some progress; we want to see more," he said.

The statements come a day after Kerry met Sharif yesterday on the sidelines of the United Nationas General Assembly (UNGA) session.

Prime Minister Sharif on Monday sought help from the United States to resolve tensions between India and Pakistan, as he raised the issue of alleged human rights violations and killings in the Indian state of Kashmir. 

"The Prime Minister said that more than 107 people have been assassinated in Kashmir, thousands injured and worst human rights violations are being committed at the state level," according to a readout of the meeting issued by Pakistan.

Sharif met US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the UN summit in New York, amid a fresh war of words between Pakistan and India after terrorists killed 18 Indian soldiers in Kashmir.

He urged Washington to "play a role" in the resolution of the long-standing dispute. 

"Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had two very productive meetings at the start of General Assembly visit with US Secretary of State John Kerry & PM of New Zealand," Pakistan's envoy to the UN Maleeha Lodhi tweeted.

"PM urged the US to play a role in the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute and highlighted human rights abuses in occupied Kashmir," she said.

Sharif told Kerry that he "still remember President (Bill) Clinton's promise that the US will play its role to help out in resolving bilateral disputes and issues between Pakistan and India."

"I expect US Administration and Secretary Kerry to use his good offices to help in resolving bilateral issues between Pakistan and India," the statement quoted Sharif as saying.

Sharif had earlier called on the permanent members of the UN Security Council demanding that India should be forced to stop its alleged brutalities in Kashmir.

He has said he will highlight the Kashmir issue in his address at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

Sunday's attack on the Indian army in Uri by terrorists has sparked outrage and triggered calls for Pakistan's diplomatic isolation.  

India claimed the items carried by the four terrorists had Pakistani markings and that the initial reports indicated they belonged to the Pakistan-based Jaish-E-Mohammed terrorist group.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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