San Jose, Sep 28: US Secretary of State John Kerry has asked Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take action against terrorist groups like Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and the dreaded Afghan-based Haqqani network. Also Read - India Slams Pakistan for Persecuting Hindus, Sikhs, Other Minorities at UN Body Meet
Kerry commended Sharif’s pledge to not distinguish between terrorist groups and “urged additional action against the Haqqani Network and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said following the two leaders’ meeting in New York on sidelines of the UN General Assembly session. (ALSO READ: Rajnath Singh: Pakistan waging proxy terror war against India) Also Read - CDS Bipin Rawat Expresses Confidence in Armed Forces, Says ‘Prepared to Tackle Any Situation From Pakistan'
“He acknowledged the crucial role Pakistan has played in Afghan reconciliation talks and noted the importance of dialogue with India for fostering regional stability and economic integration,” Kirby said. The two leaders discussed topics of mutual interest including counter-terrorism, Afghan reconciliation, regional stability and economic cooperation, he said. Also Read - Practice of 29 Years: India, Pakistan Exchange List Of Nuclear Installations
“They confirmed our long-term strategic bilateral cooperation based on joint interests and mutual respect. The Secretary underscored that the US shares an interest in a stable, democratic and prosperous Pakistan and welcomed the Prime Minister’s commitment to complete Pakistan’s IMF program reforms,” Kirby added.
The banned Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group carried out the audacious 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people.
The Haqqani network, founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani, has been blamed for the Indian embassy bombing in Kabul in 2008 that left 58 people dead, a 2011 attack on the US embassy in Kabul, and several big truck bombing attempts in Afghanistan. It was designated as a terrorist organisation by the US in September 2012.