Delhi expects Kerry to raise terror issue with Pakistan

Delhi expects Kerry to raise terror issue with Pakistan

United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, flew to Islamabad on Monday, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed to him New Delhi’s disappointment over the Pakistan government’s reluctance to contain anti-India terrorism emanating from that country.

India expects the US Secretary of State to prod Islamabad to extend the ambit of its counter-terrorism offensives, targeting not only Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, but also Haqqani Network and Lashkar-e-Toiba, sources said here.

New Delhi has since long been complaining about Pakistan government’s selective approach in combating terrorism, leaving out the terror networks that often target India.

The Haqqani Network targeted Indian and US interests in Afghanistan in the past, while the LeT was responsible for the November 26-28, 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Hours before flying to Islamabad for talks with Pakistan Government on security and economic issues, Kerry told journalists here that US was strengthening its partnership with India to combat terrorism.

“We are also committed to dialogues on key political and security issues,” said Kerry, who led the US delegation to the “Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit” at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar on Sunday and Monday.

He was responding to journalists’ queries on possible outcomes of US President Barack Obama’s forthcoming visit to India.

Kerry called on the prime minister shortly after the inauguration of the Summit on Sunday.
Modi is understood to have conveyed to Kerry New Delhi’s disappointment over Islamabad’s reluctance to change its policy even after the dastardly terror attack on a Peshawar school last month proved how the monster it reared could turn against it.

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