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March 09, 2019 10:22
Take Action Against Terror Groups In Pakistan: Indian-American Congressman

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An important Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera, has warned that Pakistan will get isolated internationally if they does not take actions against terrorist outfits operating from Pakistan

The Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Ami Bera also asked China to play a positive role by lifting its veto power in UN Security Council resolution to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

“The United States’ Congress stands ready to support Pakistan should Prime Minister (Imran) Khan begin cracking down on terrorist groups in earnest. This will only help improve his nation’s economy,” Bera wrote article in News India Times.

Titled ‘Time For Pakistan to Chart a New Course’, the four-time Indian-American Congressman from California said that Pakistan did the right thing by releasing IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was in captive of Pakistan Army

“This de-escalated a dangerous situation but more has to be done. Prime Minister Imran Khan should use this opportunity to reset his country’s relationship with the world and chart a new course for Pakistan,” he said.

“This starts with cracking down on the JeM and other terrorist groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba which was responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attack,” Bera said,

He said that “unfortunately, Pakistan’s behaviour towards these terrorist groups have been contradictory and self-defeating.”

“Pakistan has banned many of these terrorist groups, including adding two more groups on March 5, but at the same time tolerates them operating within its own borders. This has caused the international community to isolate Pakistan,” Bera said.

Pakistan has taken some initial steps, like detaining 44 suspected militants, including the brother of JeM’s leader Masood Azhar. It is, however, unclear whether this “preventative detention”, as Pakistan described it, will lead to criminal prosecutions and justice being served, he said.

“Prime Minister Khan can help Pakistan earn enormous goodwill by tracking down and bringing to justice Azhar, whom the Pakistani Foreign Minister indicated was alive, with his whereabouts known. They can further that goodwill by dismantling the terrorist networks that operate within Pakistan.

“These actions are in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1267. If Khan does not take these steps, I’m afraid Pakistan will continue to slide into international isolation, which will only serve to increase economic hardship on the Pakistani people,” the Congressman said.

“I also call on China to play a constructive role in India and Pakistan relations. A good first step would be for China to cease blocking a UN Security Council resolution designating Masood Azhar a global terrorist,” he added.

Under immense global pressure after the Pulwama terror attack and India’s air strikes against JeM terrorist camp in Balakot on February 26, Pakistan has started taking actions against some of the terrorist groups and their leaders in the past few days.

By Sai Kumar

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