New Delhi, Sept 14: India and Japan on Thursday reiterated their resolve to combat terrorism in the region. The joint statement released by the two nations condemned extremism being spread in parts of South Asia by Pakistan-based terror groups Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad, along with the Daesh, Al Qaeda and their subsidiary units.
“PM (Narendra Modi) and PM (Shinzo) Abe look forward to convening (the) 5th Japan-India consultation on terrorism and to strengthen cooperation against terrorists threats from groups including Al-Qaida, ISIS, JeM, LeT and their affiliates,” said the joint statement released by India and Japan, following the talks between Modi and Abe.
The statement also appealed Islamabad to take action against those involved in carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks and the strike on Pathankot airbase in 2016.
The naming of Pakistan-based extremist outfits in the bilateral statement comes in the backdrop of the five-nation grouping BRICS condemning JeM and LeT for spreading radicalism and indulging in acts of terrorism in the region.
The BRICS’ Xiamen declaration, including China as a signatory, came as a major embarrassment for Islamabad, which has denied providing safe haven to cross-border terrorists on its soil.
In the past month, Islamabad was also lambasted for “sheltering terrorists” by United States President Donald Trump. He accused Pakistan of providing “safe haven to the same terrorists whom the US forces are fighting in Afghanistan”.
The remarks of Trump were strongly contested by Pakistan and its time-tested ally, China. The latter said “no one has sacrificed” as much as Pakistan in war on terror.
A week after Trump’s admonition, the US administration blocked a defence aid of $300 million, which would be released only after Pakistan takes “significant action against Taliban and Haqqani Network”.