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India hits out at John Kerry for terming it a ‘challenge’ at upcoming Paris climate meet; calls his comments ‘unwarranted’

Terming Kerry’s comments as “unwarranted and unfair”, India also blamed the “attitude” of some of the developed countries for the problem of climate change.

India on Sunday hit out at US Secretary of State John Kerry for his remarks that India will be a “challenge” at the upcoming crucial Paris climate meet, saying they were “unwarranted” and made it clear that it is “not in the habit of taking any pressure from anybody”.Terming Kerry’s comments as “unwarranted and unfair”, India also blamed the “attitude” of some of the developed countries for the problem of climate change.Hinting that there was no question of either compromising or making adjustments on any of the issues which the country has taken up, Environment Minister Prakash Javedekar told PTI that it has always been on the side of consensus and is trying to “proactively” bring consensus among nations.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It is in a way unfair to say that India will be a challenge. It is actually not doing justice with India. The US is our great friend and strategic partner. His (Kerry’s) comment are unwarranted and unfair. The attitude of some of the developed countries is the challenge for the Paris conclusion,” he said.Kerry in an interview with a leading international business daily had recently warned that India could be a “challenge” at upcoming climate change talks in Paris, with its government reluctant to accept more of a role in addressing global warming.”We’ve got a lot of focus on India right now to try to bring them along. India has been more cautious, a little more restrained in its embrace of this new paradigm, and it’s a challenge,” he was quoted as saying.Javadekar said while “there is no pressure from the developed world on India, the country is also not in the habit of taking any pressure from anybody.”The Paris Climate Conference scheduled to take place from November 30 to December 11 aims to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2 C.”When you are doing a global arrangement, every country will put forth its issue. We have to take consensus along.India is always is on the side of consensus. We are proactively helping to bring consensus. We are not nay sayers but helping bring consensus. It is not about compromising,” Javadekar said. “Every country has given its Intended NationallyDetermined Contributions (INDCs) and we will walk the talk.Where is the issue of compromise. We have raised issues of finance, technology and many other topics.”But our firm belief is Paris will be under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and with all its principles like CBDR, historical responsibility, polluter to pay and equity. All are embeded in the new Paris agreement,” Javadekar said.The Environment Minister said India remains “positive and proactive” and expects a “fair and equitable” agreement in Paris which is the “need of the hour”.”We, the world community, must reassure 7 billion people across the globe that the world has started walking in the right path. It has declared INDCs. The new journey has begun.It will mitigate climate challenge. This reassurance should ge the outcome of Paris and we will work till the end to achieve that,” he said.India in its INDCs, which are also known as the climate action plans of countries, has pledged to curb its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 35 per cent from the 2005 level.Under INDCs, India has announced its aim of achieving around 40 per cent cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel-based energy resources by 2030.Javadekar gave credit to the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the country’s recognition by the world as a “key” player at the Paris conference.”This new recognition of India is because of leadership of Narendra Modi who is passionate about the issue. 20 years ago, Al Gore (the then US Vice President) presented the ‘inconvenient truth’, Narendra Modi is presenting convenient action. He has come up with new ideas like climate justice, lifestyle issues and solar alliance.”All ideas were positively received by the world, some willingly and some not so willingly but they have clicked.India is now being reckoned with. The way Modi toured the world and has had a large congregations, all have impacted,” he said.Observing that India’s INDCs speak for themselves, Javadekar said that it was not only “ambitious” but the world NGO alliance has summed up that India has done 400 per cent more than its fair share and capacity.He said that the alliance has also noted that the developed world has done less than its capacity and much less than its fair share.”Our narrative has changed. We are contributing positively. It was India’s persistant effort that finance and technology support are being discussed so seriously,” he said.

India slams US Secretary of State John Kerry on upcoming Paris climate meet

Kerry in an interview with a leading international business daily had recently warned that India could be a “challenge” at upcoming climate change talks in Paris.

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India on Sunday hit out at US Secretary of State John Kerry for his remarks that India will be a “challenge” at the upcoming crucial Paris climate meet, saying they were “unwarranted” and made it clear that it is “not in the habit of taking any pressure from anybody”.Terming Kerry’s comments as “unwarranted and unfair”, India also blamed the “attitude” of some of the developed countries for the problem of climate change. Hinting that there was no question of either compromising or making adjustments on any of the issues which the country has taken up, Environment Minister Prakash Javedekar told PTI that it has always been on the side of consensus and is trying to “proactively” bring consensus among nations.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It is in a way unfair to say that India will be a challenge. It is actually not doing justice with India. The US is our great friend and strategic partner. His (Kerry’s) comment are unwarranted and unfair. The attitude of some of the developed countries is the challenge for the Paris conclusion,” he said.Kerry in an interview with a leading international business daily had recently warned that India could be a “challenge” at upcoming climate change talks in Paris, with its government reluctant to accept more of a role in addressing global warming. “We’ve got a lot of focus on India right now to try to bring them along. India has been more cautious, a little more restrained in its embrace of this new paradigm, and it’s a challenge,” he was quoted as saying.Javadekar said while “there is no pressure from the developed world on India, the country is also not in the habit of taking any pressure from anybody.” The Paris Climate Conference scheduled to take place from November 30 to December 11 aims to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2 C.”When you are doing a global arrangement, every country will put forth its issue. We have to take consensus along. India is always is on the side of consensus. We are proactively helping to bring consensus. We are not nay sayers but helping bring consensus. It is not about compromising,” Javadekar said.

Pakistan: Gave dossiers to US on India’s role in ‘subversive’ acts

Pakistan had earlier said that it had handed over such a dossier to the UN.

The statement came after US Secretary of State John Kerry met Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif here.

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Pakistan on Wednesday said it has handed over to the US three “dossiers”, which it claims to contain “evidence” about India’s role in “subversive activities” in that country, nearly a month after it gave such an alleged document to the UN which paid no heed to it. The dossiers were handed over to the US side by Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz, a statement issued by the Pakistan government here. The statement came after US Secretary of State John Kerry met Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif here. “Kerry was briefed about the destabilising role of Indian agencies in FATA, Balochistan and Karachi,” said the statement.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan had earlier said that it had handed over such a dossier to the UN. However, the world body has paid no heed to the allegation.India has been rubbishing Pakistan’s allegation, maintaining that it has no role in the unrest in Balochistan, Karachi or FATA.The Pakistani statement said Sharif apprised Kerry of his commitment to seek normalisation of ties with India and efforts to improve relations with Afghanistan. It said Kerry commended the “significant gains” achieved by ‘Operation Zarb-e-Azb’ of Pakistan against terrorist groups in the restive northwest border region. The statement claimed that Kerry appreciated Sharif’s commitment to promoting peace and security in the region and reaffirmed US support to work with Pakistan in this shared objective. Kerry emphasised that Pakistan’s role in taking the reconciliation forward was critical to stabilising war-torn Afghanistan, it added.It was further agreed that enhanced coordination among regional countries would be imperative to address these emerging threats to international peace and security, it said. During the meeting, Sharif informed Kerry about his peace initiative contained in his statement at the recent session of the UN General Assembly. He underlined his commitment to contribute towards promoting peace in south Asia.

Abuses by security forces among most significant human rights problem in India : US report

According to the State Department report, other human rights problems included disappearances, hazardous prison conditions, arbitrary arrest and detention, and lengthy pretrial detention.

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Abuses by police and security forces were among the most significant human rights problems in India last year, a US government report on Thursday said even as it noted last year’s Indian general election as the largest ever in history.”India’s parliamentary contest in April 2014 was one of the largest elections in history,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in his preface to the State Department’s annual Congressional-mandated report in which he noted that around the world, more people chose their leaders in competitive elections than ever before. The lengthy India section of the report says that the 2014 general elections, the largest democratic elections in history, were considered free and fair, despite isolated instances of violence.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Authorities maintained effective control over the security forces. “The most significant human rights problems were police and security force abuses, including extra-judicial killings, torture, and rape; widespread corruption that contributed to ineffective responses to crime, including those against women and members of scheduled castes or tribes; and societal violence based on gender, religious affiliation, and caste or tribe,” the report said.According to the State Department report, other human rights problems included disappearances, hazardous prison conditions, arbitrary arrest and detention, and lengthy pretrial detention. “The judiciary remained backlogged, leading to lengthy delays and the denial of due process,” it said. Noting that there were instances of infringement of privacy rights, the report said the law in some states restricts religious conversion, and there were reports of arrests but no reports of convictions under those laws. Some limits on the freedom of movement continued.Rape, domestic violence, dowry-related deaths, honour killings, sexual harassment, and discrimination against women remained serious societal problems, it said. Child abuse and forced and early marriage were problems, the State Department said. Human trafficking, including widespread bonded and forced labour of children and adults, and sex trafficking of children and adults for prostitution were serious problems, it said.

India, Pakistan should resolve issues peacefully without involvement of third party: US

Washington: The US expects Pakistan will be a responsible stakeholder on security issues and believes that India and Pakistan should resolve all their differences peacefully without any involvement of a third party, a senior American official has said.

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“Our expectation continues to be that Pakistan will be a responsible stakeholder on security issues, in particular the nuclear issue,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference yesterday.

Kirby said America was concerned about the growing tensions between India and Pakistan and it was precisely the reason US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last week.

“You heard Secretary Kerry talk to this very issue of concerns about tensions between India and Pakistan right now and our continued belief that both sides need to work these issues out peaceably and on their own,” he said.

Kerry made a call to Sharif soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken to his Pakistani counterpart and greeted him on the eve of holy month of Ramadan.

“I talked with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif regarding a recent increase in the tensions publicly between India and Pakistan. It’s of enormous concern to all of us for all the obvious reasons,” Kerry had said.

“These are two very, very important countries playing a critical role with respect to regional interests, and it’s very, very important that there be no misinterpretation or miscalculation with respect to any of the back-and-forth and the empowerment some entities might feel as a result of that,” Kerry had told reporters in Boston.

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Website with racist text, photos of Charleston suspect surfaces | Reuters

NEW YORK A website has surfaced with a racist manifesto and a series of photographs that appear to show Dylann Roof, the suspect in Wednesday’s Charleston church massacre, posing with a handgun and standing in front of a Confederate military museum and a plantation house.

Reuters could not immediately confirm who created the website or the authenticity of the photographs posted on it.

“We are told to accept what is happening to us because of ancestors wrong doing, but it is all based on historical lies, exaggerations and myths,” the author writes in the text of the site.

At the conclusion, the author provides a cryptic “explanation,” for action, saying “I have no choice… I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. … Someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me.”

(Reporting by Frank McGurty; Editing by Paul Thomasch and Frances Kerry)

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

US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves hospital, to join Iran talks in late June

“I will be absolutely, fully and totally engaged in those talks. I am now. I haven’t missed a tick,” Kerry told reporters. “And I’ll be travelling over there at the appropriate moment in the next days in order to press forward at this critical moment in the negotiations. So there’s a lot of work on the table.”

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US Secretary of State John Kerry said he was fully engaged in the Iran nuclear talks and would join them at the end of June as he left the hospital after treatment for a broken leg.Kerry, 71, broke his right femur on May 31 while cycling a portion of the Tour de France route in the Haute Savoie regionof France, raising questions about how deeply he may be able to be involved in negotiations ahead of a self-imposed June 30 deadline.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Appearing in public for the first time since his injury, Kerry sought to dispel doubts about his involvement in the negotiations.”I will be absolutely, fully and totally engaged in those talks. I am now. I haven’t missed a tick,” Kerry told reporters. “And I’ll be travelling over there at the appropriate moment in the next days in order to press forward at this critical moment in the negotiations. So there’s a lot of work on the table.”Kerry said he plans to join the talks after the June 22-24 strategic and economic dialogue talks with China in Washington.”Afterwards, I will be leaving to go for the last slog on the Iran talks,” Kerry told reporters as he left Massachusetts General Hospital, where he had surgery on June 2 to repair his broken leg.One of the central questions after Kerry’s fall was whether it would affect negotiations between Iran and six major powersseeking to strike an agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.”It’s a tough slog. It’s not easy,” Kerry said of the Iran talks.The United States and some of its allies suspect that Iran is using its civilian nuclear programme as a cover to develop a nuclear weapons capability. Iran denies this, saying its programme is for peaceful purposes such as making medical isotopes.

US govt seeks dismissal of a lawsuit that wants to classify RSS as terror group

New York: The US government has asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against Secretary of State John Kerry by a Sikh rights group that wants RSS to be designated as a “foreign terrorist organisation”, saying the group does not have “any entitlement” to make such a demand.

US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara filed on behalf of Kerry a 20-page motion yesterday asking the Manhattan court to dismiss the complaint filed by Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), citing lack of subject-matter jurisdiction and for failure to state a claim on which relief may be granted.

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SFJ had asked the court to declare that RSS as a “foreign terrorist organisation” under relevant US law and to direct the Secretary of State to designate it as such under that law.

“But neither SFJ nor this court possesses authority to compel the Secretary to designate an entity as a foreign terrorist organisation – a discretionary action that implicates important foreign affairs and national security considerations, and which is entrusted to the political branches.

The complaint is therefore subject to dismissal on numerous grounds,” Bharara said in the papers.

He said the court lacks subject-matter jurisdiction over SFJ’s claims since the group lacks standing to bring such claims.

“The statute that authorises the Secretary to designate foreign terrorist organisations does not create a private right of action that allows third parties such as SFJ to compel a designation,” he added.

He said federal law does not impose on the Secretary “any duty, let alone a clear and non-discretionary duty”, to designate an entity as a foreign terrorist organisation at the request of a third party.

“Nor does the statute or the Executive Order confer any entitlement upon any person or entity to have the Secretary make such a designation,” he said.

“Allowing third parties such as SFJ to compel action by the Secretary in the realm of foreign affairs merely by submitting a letter, and then seek a judicial remedy once that third party has decided that the Secretary has failed to adequately respond to that letter, would not ‘enhance’ the process of designating foreign terrorist organisations in the interest of national security, but rather would impede it,” Bharara said.

SFJ legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun said the group will challenge the US government’s bid to block the labeling of RSS as terror group.

The rights groups had filed the lawsuit in January asking a federal court here to designate RSS as a “foreign terrorist organisation” for “believing in and practicing a fascist ideology and for running a passionate, vicious and violent campaign to turn India into a ‘Hindu’ nation with a homogeneous religious and cultural identity”.

Kerry, named as a defendant in the lawsuit, had been summoned in the case.

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PM Narendra Modi talks counter-terror with US, Canada leaders

Prime minister Narendra Modi on Sunday discussed counter-terror cooperation, among other issues such as greater economic ties, with senior leaders of the US and Canada visiting India for the Vibrant Gujarat Summit here.In his meeting with the US secretary of state John Kerry, discussions primarily focused on the upcoming visit of US president Barack Obama and issues like counter-terror co-operation, while economic matters and matters of regional interest also figured in the talks.“Both sides agreed that the visit would add momentum to the India-US strategic partnership. They also noted that issues relating to WTO Trade Facilitation had been satisfactorily resolved,” an official statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.Counter-terror cooperation was also a key theme in the prime minister’s meeting with Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander. “The prime minister condemned the attack on Canada’s Parliament, and stressed the need for a zero-tolerance approach to terror,” the statement said.Modi also said he looked forward to visiting Canada.Besides, Modi met Israel’s Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir and both sides sought to further enhance cooperation in the agriculture sector.The Prime Minister invited Israel to take advantage of the Make in India initiative and establish high-end manufacturing centres in India. In Modi’s meeting with Akbar Torkan, senior advisor to the president of Iran, both sides reviewed progress in the implementation of the Chahbahar Port Project. Energy cooperation and regional issues also came up for discussion.Separately, Modi also met World Bank president Jim Yong Kim wherein climate change and clean energy came up for discussion. In his meeting with the Prime Minister of Macedonia, both sides agreed on the need to enhance trade and investment ties. The governor of Astrakhan, Russia, Alexander Zhilkin, invited investment from India in his meeting with Modi.On Day 1 of Vibrant Gujarat, cos commit 2 lakh croreBig corporates — including Ambanis, Adanis and Birlas as also Suzuki and Rio Tinto from abroad — on Sunday committed to investing about Rs2 lakh crore and creating more than 50,000 jobs, as prime minister Narendra Modi promised to make India the ‘easiest’ place to do business with a stable policy and tax regime.Modi also promised truly unlimited development across sectors and regions, while business leaders lined up huge investment commitments and signed 31 MoUs across sectors on the first day of the three day Vibrant Guwwjarat Summit (VBS).Addressing an audience, with US secretary of state John Kerry, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and World Bank president Jim Yong Kim and top CEOs in attendance, Modi expressed government’s commitment to creating a policy environment that is predictable, transparent and fair and a stable tax regime.“Ease of doing business in India is a prime concern for you and for us. I assure you that we are working very seriously on these issues. We want to make them not only easier than earlier; not only easier than the rest; but we want to make them the easiest,” he said, seeking to address concerns of investors with regard to red tap and problems that had emanated from retrospective tax amendment of the previous UPA government.Participating in the deliberations, several CEOs made lavish investment commitments.Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani announced Rs 1 lakh crore investment across businesses in the next 12-18 months in the state, while Aditya Birla Group chief Kumarmangalam Birla promised to pump in Rs20,000 crore over a period of time to ramp up capacities across various existing facilities.Adani Group and US-based SunEdison committed to investing Rs25,000 crore for solar park and Welspun Renewables announced Rs8,300 crore to set up about 1,000 MW solar and wind capacities in Gujarat. Commitments were also made by other business houses like Kalyani Group.Hong Kong-based China Light & Power Holdings Ltd is planning a 2000 Mw coal-based power plant in Gujarat. The project cost is estimated at around USD 2 billion (approximately Rs 12,400 crore).On Saturday, wind turbine maker Suzlon had committed Rs 24,000 crore over 5 years to generate 3,000 mw in Gujarat.

John Kerry meets PM Modi, discusses Indo-US ties

US Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with PM Narendra Modi at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Ahmedabad.

Days ahead of US President Barack Obama’s India visit, Secretary of State John Kerry met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday and discussed “ties between the world’s oldest and largest democracies” with regard to economic growth and climate issues, among others.Kerry, who attended the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Ahmedabad and lauded Modi for his ‘Make in India’ and other initiatives, later tweeted that he held a “good” meeting with the Indian Prime Minister regarding ties between the US and India, their economic growth and the upcoming visit of the US President.Kerry said he also went for a “moving visit to Gandhi Ashram” earlier in the day and participated in a discussion with “dynamic Indian women” regarding furthering economic opportunity and empowerment. He was accompanied by Nisha Biswal, the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, among other senior US officials. Biswal, who hails from Ahmedabad, also tweeted that it was “wonderful to be back in Ahmedabad, where I lived as a child, with my boss John Kerry”.”Welcome Nisha Biswal back to her childhood home!” Kerry said.Kerry said his visit is focused on US-India economic growth and investment.Obama would be the first US President to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations on January 26. Obama, who had visited India in 2010, would also be the first US President to visit the country twice while in office.

John Kerry has tight diplomatic schedule during Vibrant Gujarat

Sushma Swaraj (right) with Priti Patel, British MP, at the launch of Youth Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Gandhinagar on Wednesday

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The Vibrant Gujarat Summit scheduled next week in Ahmedabad will have high-profile guests, including the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and the US secretary of state John Kerry. The US secretary is leading a delegation of business executives and innovators at the summit and will also hold bilateral talks with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and prime minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad on January 10, to prepare an agenda for the forthcoming visit of president Barrack Obama on January 24. For the first time, the US is joining as the partner country in the Vibrant Gujarat Summit.Ban Ki-moon is also travelling to Gujarat to deliver a keynote speech at the inaugural session of the 7th Vibrant Gujarat Summit on January 11. “Addressing world leaders, policy makers, and representatives from the business community and academia, the secretary-general will stress the need to promote inclusive and sustainable development in India,” said Ban’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric.The focus, however, will be on the US secretary of state John Kerry’s visit, who will meet Indian leaders in the run up to the Obama trip, who is the chief guest of 2015 Republic Day parade on January 26. Apart from security issues, cooperation in the energy sector, especially in renewables, is likely to be high on the agenda. India will also push for the US support for its bid for membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Other issues on table are to convince Washington to ease up business for Indian pharmaceutical companies, visa rules for the IT industry and a waiver on mandatory social security contributions.Since Kerry will directly fly to Islamabad form Ahmedabad, India, Pakistan tensions along the borders and the US likely certifying Pakistan’s action against terror groups to Congress will also figure during talks. Though, the US has denied any certification, it appears that a decision with this regard may be at some stage in the US bureaucracy. Under the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act, Pakistan received $1.5 billion a year between 2010 and 2014 as non-military assistance from the US.

US giving clean chit to Pakistan on organizing terrorist activities is far stretched idea, says security expert

Security expert Praful Bakshi said here on Tuesday U.S. State Department giving clean chit on not organizing any terrorist activities is a farfetched idea and is a case of over stretched imagination.”The question is Kerry Lugar Act has already recommended that grand plans of giving them billions of dollars in the forthcoming, less than a decade. This aspect of providing Pakistan with funds after getting clean chit that they are not organizing any terrorist activities and they are doing their level best to curb the terrorist activities within the country and with neighbouring countries, I think this is a quiet farfetched idea and is over stretched imagination. The correct thing is that the things are going on,” Bakshi said.”So, one does not has to give much weight to Kerry. But, the question is that it is happening in America. America is saying that Jen Psaki has not approved of it. It means that the thing is in channel and it is there in their governmental policy process,” he added.The security expert also said that America is not clear on its stand.”This is what innerves everybody that America is not very clear, or has at least not made its position very clear as where it stands,” he said.”At one point America says we are against terrorism, we curb terrorism and they have suffered themselves. But, yes, when it comes to their own advantage then they are in double minds, because they want to keep Pakistan within their area of action. They want to keep it appeased because they want further step into Afghanistan,” he added.Bakshi’s response come after the State Department in the United States denied Pakistan’s reports that the U.S. Congress had cleared 532 million dollars to Pakistan on the Kerry Lugar Act that needs certification on action against the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad.State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said here that no certification has been sought for funds to Pakistan, and no funds had been disbursed since 2013.Secretary of State John Kerry has not issued any certificate to the Congress on the progress made by Pakistan in taking action against terrorist groups, Psaki stated further on Monday.Psaki, however, added that there are a number of ways under which the US provides financial aid to Pakistan. Earlier in Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs had reacted strongly over the reported certification that cleared the aid to Pakistan. The spokesman, however, said, it is entirely the prerogative of the US to decide how to spend its taxpayers money.

US keen that money given to Pakistan is rightly spent, say experts

Major General (retd.) S.R. Sinho on Monday said that US Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Pakistan because Washington is providing aid to Islamabad and they want to ensure that the money is rightly spent. “Definitely John Kerry’s coming to Pakistan is planned because firstly the U.S.A. Government is providing aid to Pakistan. They want to ensure that the money is rightly spent. Second thing is that the terrorist groups are creating a lot of trouble inside Pakistan. They are being held by the Pakistan Government as well,” said Major General (retd.) Sinho. “The U.S.A. has realised the long-term strategy that these terrorist groups inside Pakistan will also become uncontrollable and they will become the biggest headache for the United States Government and also for Afghanistan. Therefore, to sort out the matter he is coming to Pakistan in this connection,” he added. Major General (retd.) Sinho further said the United States must know that Pakistan is not feeding the correct information to them. “Therefore, he wants to discuss with the Pakistan Government and make it very clear that they will only come if Pakistan assures that they will take suitable action against these terrorist groups,” he added. Security expert Qamar Agha echoing similar sentiments said that Kerry is one leader who has been supporting Pakistan in military establishment for quite some time. “Kerry is one leader who has been supporting Pakistan in military establishment for quite some time. And the Pakistan military is involved in some operations against those militants who have turned against the Americans, in Waziristan area,” said Agha. He also said that Pakistan is presently having a selective approach. “They are involved in operations against those terrorists who have challenged the Pakistan Army or turned against the Americans but allowing other militant organisations to carry on their operations against India in Kashmir or other countries,” he added. The security expert also made it clear that there is no change in Pakistan’s basic policy of strategic depth in which Islamabad is using militancy to gain influence in Central Asia, Afghanistan or in Kashmir. “Pakistan is also continuing with the policy of ‘Bleed India’ and waging proxy war with the help of these militants. They may have some operations conducted against militants who are against Americans. They are paid for it,” he added. Kerry is scheduled to visit Pakistan later this month to hold the strategic dialogue in Islamabad.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar downplays US Secretary of State John Kerry’s Pakistan statement

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday avoided commenting on United States Secretary of State John Kerry praising Pakistan for its action against terrorist organisations, saying terrorism in all forms is bad.”We are trying to ensure that terrorism does not grow or penetrate into India. I do not get into a discussion on ‘good’ and ‘bad’ terrorism. All terrorism is bad,” Parrikar told the media here.Earlier in the day, Kerry praised the Pakistani Government for acting against terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). He also signed off a certification that makes Islamabad eligible for an aid package, reportedly in the region of USD 500 million.Kerry’s statement comes ahead of his visit to India, where he is scheduled to attend the Vibrant Gujarat summit. Kerry will also visit Pakistan later this month to hold the strategic dialogue in Islamabad.