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Pakistan must change approach towards terror groups: US

LiveMint logoLiveMint 07-09-2017 Lalit K. Jha

Washington: Pakistan must “change its approach” towards terror groups operating from its soil and take decisive action against them, the US has said.

The remarks from the US came after the joint declaration of the Brics Summit named Pakistan-based terrorist groups as a concern for regional security and called for action against them. “As the administration has said, Pakistan must change its approach,” a US state department spokesperson told PTI in response to a question on the Brics statement that named Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed among the terror groups that create problems in the region.

“We look to the Pakistan government to take decisive action against militant groups based in Pakistan that are a threat to the region,” the spokesperson said. Pakistan has denied allegations it harbours these groups. The Brics declaration in the Chinese city Xiamen was significant given that China previously repeatedly stonewalled any reference to Pakistan or terrorist groups based there.

Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif has told a news channel that Brics’ concerns about the militant groups should not be considered as China’s official stance. PTI

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