Washington/New Delhi: America shares India’s concern that Pakistan continues to allow Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed roam free despite the reward the US has placed on his head for his role in terror activities, a senior State Department official said Thursday. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: US Registers Highest Spike in a Day as 865 Die of COVID-19 Within 24 Hours
The statement comes a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan and pressed him to take “sustained and decisive measures” against terrorists threatening the regional peace and stability. Also Read - US Stocks End Lower Amid Fast Spread of Coronavirus
This was the US’ first high-level dialogue with Pakistan since the new government of Prime Minister Khan assumed office after the July 25 elections and comes days after the US cancelled USD 300 million in military aid to Islamabad for not doing enough against terror groups active on its soil. Also Read - Pakistan Increases Testing Capability as Coronavirus Cases Rise to Nearly 1,900
Talking to the media persons travelling with Pompeo in New Delhi, the official, who chose not to be identified, said: “We’ve worked closely with India over the last year to have both a counter-terrorism dialogue as well as a dialogue on designations”.
The official said that counter-terrorism is obviously another shared interest with India.
“We’re coming up on the 10th anniversary of the Mumbai bombing. “Obviously, we share India’s concern that Pakistan continues to allow Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the Mumbai bombing, free, at-large, despite the reward that’s on his head and despite his very known role in helping to facilitate that attack,” the official said.
Asked about his concern over the presence of militants on the Pakistani side, the official said that America shares India’s concerns over cross-border infiltrations and violence. “I’m confident that there’ll be a conversation on counter-terrorism cooperation, and we share India’s concerns over cross-border infiltrations and violence.