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Terrorists of all shades must be tackled without any differentiation: Parrikar tells US Defence Sec Carter

The two leaders discussed a range of regional security issues, including the threat posed by the Islamic State and entities such as Al-Qaeda and its affiliates, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad, D Company, the Haqqani Network and other regional terror groups, according the joint statement

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India has told the US that terrorists of all shades must be tackled without any differentiation as the Defence Ministers of the two nations discussed threats posed by groups like the Islamic State and Pakistan-based entities LeT and D Company.”The issue of terrorism was a key topic discussion in all engagements terrorism has become a global phenomenon and requires a comprehensive response,” Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters at a joint press conference with his US counterpart Ashton Carter after their meeting on Thursday. “Terrorists of all shades and affiliations must be countered without any differentiation,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The two leaders discussed a range of regional security issues, including the threat posed by the Islamic State and entities such as Al-Qaeda and its affiliates, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad, D Company, the Haqqani Network and other regional terror groups, according the joint statement. Carter said terrorism of all kinds in South Asia has been and remains a serious problem. India, he said, has been attacked and is continuously threatened with attack from terrorists.In the wake of the latest incident of terrorism in the US by a Pakistani-origin couple who gunned down 14 people, Carter said at the joint press event that the US had regular conversations with India about the issue.”We have regular conversations with India both about counterterrorism and about regional security issues,” he said. “And with respect to India, I’ll just say that counterterrorism clearly is a key common interest,” Carter said. “We work a lot together on that.””And then we have a wide range of geopolitical, strategic and technology areas of cooperation as well. So it’s a very wide-ranging relationship. In today’s world, you can’t leave out terrorism,” Carter said.Meanwhile, India ruled out any enhancement of its role in the Middle East in view of the emergence of deadly Islamic State in Syria and Libya.Parrikar said there has been no change in India’s policy on participating only in UN approved peacekeeping missions. But India is and has been sharing intelligence with the US on issues related to terrorism, he said.

After Musharraf’s confession, BJP wants Pakistan to be declared as ‘rogue state’

Jammu: BJP on Thursday said the world community should take serious note of revelation by former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf that his country had trained and sponsored terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and declare it as a “rogue state”.

State BJP spokesman Virender Gupta said Musharraf‘s confession vindicates India’s stand that Pakistan is the mother of terrorism.

Pervez Mushharaf. Reuters

Pervez Mushharaf. Reuters

He said the international community should take cognizance of the revelation and act firmly against Pakistan, whose actions are dangerous for the peace and security of not only India but the world community.

“The BJP demands that Pakistan should be declared as a rogue state and it be isolated by imposing political, economic and military sanctions in view recent admission Musharraf that Pakistan trained and sponsored religious terrorism in Kashmir,” Gupta said.

Musharraf recently said in an interview to a Pakistani channel that Pakistan had supported and trained terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in 1990s for fanning militancy in Kashmir.

Musharaf’s assertion that “Taliban, Haqqani, Osama Bin Laden, Zawahiri, Hafiz Lakhvi are Heroes of Pakistan” speaks of how much respect, love and affection our neighbor country has towards these enemies of humanity,” Gupta said.

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India open to peace talks, rules out third party role in Kashmir: MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup

India on Friday welcomed a joint pledge by the United States and Pakistan to fight militant groups it suspects of attacking Indian targets, but ruled out any third-party mediation to end a long-running dispute over Kashmir.

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India on Friday welcomed a joint pledge by the United States and Pakistan to fight militant groups it suspects of attacking Indian targets, but ruled out any third-party mediation to end a long-running dispute over Kashmir.Although the Indian foreign ministry accused Pakistan of state-sponsored terrorism, New Delhi’s tough rhetoric did not preclude the possible resumption of peace talks that were derailed by recent tensions.”India has always desired resolution of all issues with Pakistan bilaterally through dialogue and peaceful means,” Vikas Swarup, spokesman for India’s Ministry of External Affairs, told a news briefing in New Delhi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It is Pakistan who has chosen to use terrorism as an instrument of state policy. And this visit shows that the international community is deeply concerned about its support to, and sponsorship of, terrorism.”Related Read: Obama-Sharif meet: US President urges Pakistan to avoid raising nuclear tensions with new weaponsAt talks in Washington on Thursday, US President Barack Obama and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged “to promote peace and stability throughout the region and to counter all forms of extremism and terrorism.”For the first time, Pakistan committed to take “effective action” against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), an Islamic militant group based in Pakistan that India blames for an attack by suicide commandos on Mumbai in 2008 in which 166 people died.The joint statement also named, among other groups, the Haqqani Network that Indian and US intelligence believe was responsible for an attack on its embassy in the Afghan capital Kabul in the same year.”This is the first time that Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Haqqani Network have been specifically mentioned in a US-Pakistan joint statement,” said Swarup. “We would naturally hope that they deliver on these commitments.”An agreement to revive peace talks between the nuclear-armed neighbours – who have fought two of their three wars since independence over Kashmir – was reached between Sharif and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Russia in July.But escalating tensions over Kashmir, derailed plans for the national security advisers of both countries to hold talks on containing terrorism. Just before travelling to the United States, Sharif named a former general as his new national security adviser. Reacting, Swarup said that India “remains open” to holding talks between the two countries’ national security advisers.

India desires ‘dialogue’ but Pakistan uses terrorism as instrument: MEA

Swarup expressed contentment that the Haqqani network and the Lashkar-e-Taiba had been specifically mention for the first time in a joint statement by the US and Pakistan.

Swarup also talked about the seven-decade-old mystery surrounding Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose that was raised by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (File Photo)

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Reacting on the recent US-Pakistan joint statement on terrorism, the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said that it was a positive sign that the Haqqani network and the Lashkar-e-Taiba were finally mentioned, but slammed Nawaz Sharif’s charges that India had backed from a constructive dialogue with the hostile neighbour. “India has always desired resolution of all issues with Pakistan bilaterally through dialogue and peaceful means, but it is Pakistan which has chosen to use terrorism as an instrument of state policy,” MEA official spokesperson Vikas Swarup told the media here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Swarup expressed contentment that the Haqqani network and the Lashkar-e-Taiba had been specifically mention for the first time in a joint statement by the US and Pakistan, as India had been firm with their stand that both these terror organisations have been actively operating out of Pakistan. “You have also read the assurance about these two organisations and terrorism offered by Pakistan. We hope that they deliver on these commitments. In September 2014 and January 2015, the US and India had agreed to joint and concerted efforts to disrupt entities such as the LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammed, D-Company and the Haqqani network,” Swarup added.The MEA spokesperson also said that through this joint statement Pakistan should get the message that the international community is deeply concerned about their ‘support and sponsorship of terrorism’. However, on the matter of US support for funding for the Diamer Bhasha and Dasu dams located in Pakistan occupied Kashimir, Swarup asserted that India has always opposed the construction of the hydro-electric projects in the disputed region of Kashmir that includes PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan. “We oppose any developmental projects in an area that belongs to India but is forcibly under the illegal occupation of Pakistan. We have made this clear to all countries,” Swarup said.Talking about Pakistan Foreign Secretary recent statement that their nuclear program is mainly a deterrent against India’s conventional and nuclear military capability, Swarup said it was definitely a matter of concern given Islamabad’s history of ‘clandestine and illegal activity’ on the nuclear side and such an implication will have to be carefully monitored. “I do draw attention to the reference in the joint statement that President Obama and Prime Minister Sharif discussed, ‘nuclear terrorism’,” Swarup added.Speaking on the appointment of Retired Lieutenant General Nasser Khan Janjua as the new National security Advisor (NSA) of Pakistan, Swarup said that it was internal matter of the country. “As far as we are concerned, it is an internal matter for Pakistan and it is their choice who they want to make the NSA… We remain open to the NSA-talks as decided in the Ufa understanding,” Swarup said.Swarup also announced that Geeta (the mute woman who has spent over a decade in Pakistan) would be coming back to India on October 26, along with five members of the Edhi Foundation who looked after her in Pakistan. “On the 26 October, we will be bringing Geeta back to India, together with Geeta we have invited five officials’ family members of Edhi foundation. They will be treated as state guest during their stay in India,” Swarup said. “Geeta has already identified one family as possibly being that of her parents, we will be doing the DNA testing to establish conclusive proof if the DNA test match Geeta would be handed over to the family. If not, we have identified suitable institution where Geeta would be looked after,” he added.Swarup also talked about the seven-decade-old mystery surrounding Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose that was raised by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during her meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. “Lavrov said that he would see if Russia has any files pertaining to this particular subject and if so they would certainly tried to share them with us,” Swarup said.Commenting on the terrorism in Syria, he said that it had to be dealt with concerted, global action and there should be “no distinction between good terrorists and bad terrorists.””In so far, the political issues in Syria are concerned, then it has to be in accordance with the Geneva process. That is something that the international community has signed up to and we certainly support that,” he added. “Swarup also spoke on the upcoming Africa summit. He said, “There will be no agenda. There will be a plenary session where the media will be invited. There will be probably some kind of a declaration at the end of the summit which will tell you what conclusions were reached.”India has invited 56 countries and all of them are expected to be in attendance.

Mumbai in US Strong Cities Network against terror

Initiative called Strong Cities Network intends to focus on large metro cities and their policing

In the backdrop of series of terror attacks that rocked Mumbai in the last decade, the United States has decided to include the city as part of a first of its kind initiative called Strong Cities Network. The initiative intends to focus on large metro cities and their policing when it comes to terror threats. The main aim of the Strong Cities Network is to create the first international hub to systematically strengthen strategic planning, policies and practices among local government practitioners involved in building community resilience to counter violent extremism.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Top sources in the state home department has confirmed that the event scheduled to take place on September 29 and 30 at the United Nations General Assembly regarding this will be attended by Dr Ranjit Patil, minister of state for home affairs. “We recognise that the cities around the world are developing innovative responses to the challenge of violent extremism: We must capitalise on these isolated experiences in order to share learning, pool shared resources, and build a community of cities that can inspire local action on global scale. The Strong Cities Network represents the first global network of municipal leaders and local government practitioners involved in building community resilience to counter violent extremism,” reads the invite sent by the US-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue.The need to build such a network was first highlighted at the Summit to Counter Violent Extremism held in The White House in February 2015. The Summit, which included participation of mayors and municipal leaders from around the world, underlined the critical role of local governments and their communities in challenging and building resilience to violent extremism at a local level. Sushma lauds initiativeExternal affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who is currently in the Unites States, has welcomed the US initiative to invite Mumbai to join the Strong Cities Network. As per an ANI report, Swaraj said: “Terrorism is the biggest menace and also the greatest challenge. We reiterate the threat posed by al Qaeda, LeT, JeM, D company and the Haqqani Network and other regional groups.” She also added that both nations will join hands on their efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

US again urges India, Pakistan to resolve issues via dialogue

The US State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark C. Toner said that the US has encouraged the two South Asian neighbours to hold talks in order to reduce the escalating tensions.

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The United States has once again called on India and Pakistan to resolve differences through dialogue, according to a US State Department’s statement. According to the Dawn, the US State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark C. Toner said that the US has encouraged the two South Asian neighbours to hold talks in order to reduce the escalating tensions. Toner also maintained that US recognises that there is still a threat from terrorist groups like Haqqani Network emanating from Pakistan. The national security advisers of India and Pakistan were scheduled to meet in New Delhi last month but the talks were called off. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

US working with India to boost counter-terrorism cooperation: Envoy Richard Verma

US Ambassador to India Richard Verma said that in recent years his country has led a global coalition to “degrade, disrupt and dismantle” terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS.

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The US on Monday said it is working with India to improve counter-terrorism cooperation as it stressed on the need for joint and concerted efforts to disrupt and degrade entities such as LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), ‘D-Company’ and the Haqqani Network. Noting that US and India have committed to making counter-terrorism cooperation a key component of bilateral ties, US Ambassador to India Richard Verma said that in recent years his country has led a global coalition to “degrade, disrupt and dismantle” terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIL.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “President Obama and Prime Minister Modi have also called for eliminating terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, disrupting terrorist networks and their financing, and stopping their cross-border movement,” he said, speaking at the Defence Services Staff College here. At the Defence Staff Service College, Verma held an interaction with faculty and students on ‘Emerging Indo-US Strategic Ties’. Accompanied by US Counsul General in Chennai Phillip Minh and US Air Attache Robert Capozella, the Ambassador also met two student officers from US Army and Navy who are undergoing the staff course at DSSC. “Our leaders have also affirmed the need for joint and concerted efforts to disrupt and degrade entities such as LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), D Company and the Haqqani Network, and agreed to continue ongoing efforts through the Homeland Security Dialogue and the US-India Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism,” he said. His comments came just two days after Pakistan called off NSA-level talks with India. India had prepared an extensive dossier on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim who is believed to be based in Karachi under the patronage of ISI. Talking on the subject ‘Growing US-India defence cooperation’, he said both countries are also working on efforts to improve cooperation on UN terrorist designations and expand the sharing of information on known or suspected terrorists “no matter where they may be located”. “Our counter-terrorism cooperation can become a model for the region and potentially for the world, and it is another factor that makes me genuinely optimistic about our future defence and security partnership together,” he said. Verma stressed that US and India face a formidable set of international challenges, from the freedom of access to shared maritime and air routes, humanitarian crises in an increasingly interconnected world, and the continuing threat from non-state actors and extremist groups. He made it clear that bilateral defence cooperation is not based on a limited set of strategic priorities, nor is it directed toward a particular country. Rather, it is rooted in our shared values. He said that in today’s dynamic and globally connected world, a deeper understanding of the maritime domain and the readiness to protect critical trade routes has never been more important.

Modi government bogged down by bureaucracy, cautious approach: US think tank

Observing that the Modi Government which came to power last year on a plank of change has been bogged down by bureaucracy and politics, a top US think-tank has said “caution” and not enthusiasm is evident in every arena.

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Observing that the Modi Government which came to power last year on a plank of change has been bogged down by bureaucracy and politics, a top US think-tank has said “caution” and not enthusiasm is evident in every arena.Washington-based Hudson Institute in a report ‘Modi One Year On’ said the BJP-led government was voted into power by a new generation of Indians. The new Indian electorate is aspirational and demands instant gratification and immediate results, it said. The report lays out how a government that came in on a plank of change and reform has been bogged down by bureaucracy and politics. “Caution and not enthusiasm is evident in every arena, whether economy, defence, healthcare, trade and investment, energy, education and labour,” the report said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Yet there are tremendous opportunities before the Modi government: there is still tremendous popular support for Mr (Narendra) Modi personally, the corporate sector is still hopeful of change, the global environment has been helpful and India’s demographic dividend is in India’s favour,” it said, adding that Modi backers are also impatient for positive results. “Markets run on sentiments and until now the upswing in Indian economic growth has been primarily because the markets remain hopeful of change for the better. Prime Minister Modi must act fast before this hopefulness dissipates,” said the report.The report argues that India’s economy is growing but not because of government policies and actions. The pace of growth has increased because of global economic factors, such as lower oil prices and the fact that the market still ‘hopes’ that things will change. “Some government actions, such as ‘tax terrorism’ — imposition of retroactive taxes on multinational corporations — and the lack of implementation of tax and labor reforms, have hurt India’s economic outlook,” the report said.India in the defence industry faces numerous challenges, foremost amongst them being India lacks necessary technology and investment to be self-sufficient in the defence sector. To modernise its armed forces, India will need to diversify its arms acquisitions and streamline licensing processes, it said.Future of India’s defence lies in being pragmatic about purchasing what it requires in order to build its military and yet boosting its domestic industry with investment and technology, the report said. “Given the international interest in the performance of the Modi government and the expectations about India’s economic potential being unleashed, it was important to methodically examine the facts,” former Pakistan ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani, who is now part of the Hudson Institute, said.

One year on, Modi govt bogged down by bureaucracy and politics, says US think-tank

Washington: Observing that the Modi government which came to power last year on a plank of change has been bogged down by bureaucracy and politics, a top US think-tank has said “caution” and not enthusiasm is evident in every arena.

Washington-based Hudson Institute in a report ‘Modi One Year On’ said the BJP-led government was voted into power by a new generation of Indians.
The new Indian electorate is aspirational and demands instant gratification and immediate results, it said.

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“Caution and not enthusiasm is evident in every arena, whether economy, defence, healthcare, trade and investment, energy, education and labour,” the report said.

“Yet there are tremendous opportunities before the Modi government: there is still tremendous popular support for Mr (Narendra) Modi personally, the corporate sector is still hopeful of change, the global environment has been helpful and India’s demographic dividend is in India’s favour,” it said, adding that Modi backers are also impatient for positive results.

“Markets run on sentiments and until now the upswing in Indian economic growth has been primarily because the markets remain hopeful of change for the better. Prime Minister Modi must act fast before this hopefulness dissipates,” said the report. The report argues that India’s economy is growing but not because of government policies and actions. The pace of growth has increased because of global economic factors, such as lower oil prices and the fact that the market still ‘hopes’ that things will change.

“Some government actions, such as ‘tax terrorism’ — imposition of retroactive taxes on multinational corporations — and the lack of implementation of tax and labor reforms, have hurt India’s economic outlook,” the report said.

India in the defence industry faces numerous challenges, foremost amongst them being that India lacks necessary technology and investment to be self-sufficient in the defence sector. To modernise its armed forces, India will need to diversify its arms acquisitions and streamline licensing processes, it said.

The future of India’s defence lies in being pragmatic about purchasing what it requires in order to build its military and yet boosting its domestic industry with investment and technology, the report said.

“Given the international interest in the performance of the Modi government and the expectations about India’s economic potential being unleashed, it was important to methodically examine the facts,” former Pakistan ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani, who is now part of the Hudson Institute, said.

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Reports of Haqqani network founder’s death, but family denies | Reuters

WANA/PESHAWAR, Pakistan Family members on Friday denied reports of the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the fearsome Haqqani militant network blamed for some of Afghanistan’s deadliest suicide attacks.

Haqqani, in his 70s, is reported to have been in ill health in recent years and has given up most day-to-day control of his Taliban-allied militant network to his son, Sirajuddin.

Two other family members insisted Haqqani was not dead after Pakistani media reported his demise.

“Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani, no doubt, has become aged and suffering from different diseases but by the grace of Allah, he is safe and sound and alive,” a close family member said.

However, a third member of the family said the reports were true. Haqqani “died of a brain haemorrhage a year and half ago. He is buried in the Zadran area of Khost province,” this person told Reuters.

The contradictory reports come a day after the Taliban confirmed that its founder Mullah Mohammed Omar had some time ago, signifying a major shift in Afghanistan’s militant leadership. The Afghan government said he died in 2013.

Mullah Omar’s replacement, Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansour, appointed Sirajuddin Haqqani as his deputy, underscoring the links between the Afghan insurgency and the Haqqani network, who are believed to be close to Pakistan’s feared Inter Services Intelligence.

The Haqqanis have been blamed for some of the most spectacular attacks against American targets in Afghanistan, a raid on Kabul’s top hotel, an assassination attempt on then-President Hamid Karzai and a suicide bombing at the Indian Embassy.

(Additional reporting by Saud Mehsud in Dera Ismail Khan; Writing by Katharine Houreld)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Pentagon voices serious concern over Pakistan being safe haven for terrorists

The Pentagon has expressed serious concern over Pakistan being a safe haven for terrorists while US experts said the country’s approach towards terrorist groups operating in India and Afghanistan has not changed.”The sanctuary that some of these groups enjoy in Pakistan has long been an issue of concern for us, it’s long been a topic of discussion with our Pakistani counterparts,” the Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters at a news conference.Pentagon’s statement comes days after the State Department said that in the last few years, it has not been able to provide the necessary Congressional-mandated certification to Pakistan that it has been taking action against terrorist outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Haqqani network.Both in 2013 and 2014, the State Department carried out the review of Pakistan’s approach against terrorism and other measures as mandated by the Congress.The review found out that Pakistan does not meet the criteria, even as US officials noted that some progress has been made. In the absence of such a certification, the Secretary of State had to issue the national interest waiver for the Obama Administration to release funds to Pakistan.”It (terrorist safe haven) is a common threat, a common challenge that we all have to continue to work on together and to look for ways to improve that cooperation,” Kirby said as top American counter terrorism experts and South Asia experts concluded that Pakistan approach towards India and Afghan-centric terrorist outfits have not changed and the world should not expect any change either, despite the recent killing of innocent children in a Peshawar school.”The ISI has not changed its behavior. It remains the patron of LeT and the Quetta Shura,” Bruce Riedel, a former CIA official, who is now considered to be a top counter-terrorism expert on Pakistan told PTI.”Pakistan is increasingly a victim of the blowback from ISI’s years of patronizing terror but the Army has not changed, ” Bruce said.”Pakistan has taken steps to fight TTP terrorists in the tribal border areas, particularly with its military operations in North Waziristan that started last June”, Bruce said. “However, Pakistan has done far too little to arrest and prosecute terrorists, especially those that operate in Afghanistan and India,” Lisa Curtis of the Heritage Foundation told PTI.”The Obama administration is in a bind because it cannot certify that Pakistan is doing all it can to shut down groups like LeT and the Haqqani Network, especially when the LeT mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, was almost granted bail last week,” she said.”Yet the US administration also is loath to use its national security waiver authority to provide military aid to Pakistan. The issue of the Pakistan-based terrorist threat and Pakistan’s lack of action against groups targeting India is likely to be a major topic of discussion during Secretary (of State, John) Kerry’s visit to India this week,” Curtis said.Michael Krepon, Co-founder of the Stimson Center said Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts are belated and welcome.”Sectarian outfits, the Afghan Taliban and the LeT have greatly damaged the social fabric and economic prospects of Pakistan, but they have not turned their guns against the organs of the state. So far, there is little public evidence that they are part of Pakistan’s counter-terrorism campaign”It isn’t clear what leverage Rawalpindi can bring to bear against the Afghan Taliban and the LeT, despite nurturing them,” Krepon said.The current campaign gained momentum after the attacks on Karachi’s airport, and then found its stride after the massacre of school children in Peshawar, he said.This suggests that there will be punishing responses in the future to attacks against state institutions, landmarks, military personnel and their families, he added.

India reacts strongly to US certification to Pakistan

Reacting strongly to the US certification that Pakistan has curbed terror leading to more aid to Islamabad, India on Monday asserted that its neighbour was not showing “sustained commitment” or “ceasing support” or dismantling “bases of operations” of terror groups including LeT and al Qaeda.But it maintained that “How the US government decides to spend US tax payers money is entirely its prerogative”, while reacting to the US’ signing off a certification that the Pakistan government has “prevented al Qaeda, the Taliban and associated terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e- Mohammad from operating” from its territory.”However, India does not believe that Pakistan is showing “sustained commitment” or making “significant effort” or ceasing support” or dismantling “bases of operations” of the Laskhar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, the Haqqani network and quite possibly the al Qaeda. Also with increasing citings of Punjabi/Urdu speaking elements operating with terrorist groups inside Afghanistan, we now also know that these very groups also pose a significant threat to members of the international community working in Afghanistan including to Indian diplomatic personnel working in the Indian Embassy in Kabul and our four Consulates,” Official Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry Syed Akbaruddin said.The certification is a condition for the US to disburse aid to Pakistan under the Kerry-Lugar Bill for civilian assistance. This year’s grant of US $532 million to Pakistan will be disbursed shortly, as the Congress gave its nod to President Obama, US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson had disclosed.The certification comes ahead of visit by Foreign Secretary of State John Kerry to Islamabad later this month. Significantly, Kerry will also travel to India ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit to attend Republic Day celebrations as Chief Guest. Kerry is scheduled to attend Vibrant Gujarat summit to be held in Gandhinagar from January 11.