The United States curtly told Pakistan to target all terror groups located in the country “including those that target neighbouring countries”. That was a clear message to Islamabad to end its biased operations against terrorists which focuses on those against Pakistan but not on those against India.
In the message sent to Islamabad, Washington stressed on a quick end to the various terror organisations spreading their tentacles in the country and the leaders who frequently harass Afghanistan and carry out attacks on India.
US has been “very clear with the highest levels of the government of Pakistan that Pakistan must target all militant groups – including those that target Pakistan’s neighbours – and close all safe havens”.
Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar, who roam around openly in Pakistan because they operate against India.
Yet Pakistan is behaving like Pakistan.
Despite the US call and, previously, India reminding the country in very strong words not to point fingers when it itself was a sponsor of terrorism, Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s Ambassador to UN, again raised the Kashmir issue in the UN.
Lodhi reportedly submitted letters to UN chief Ban Ki-moon and other top officials expressing “concern” over the fundamental rights being “blatantly violated” in Kashmir following the killing of terrorist Burhan Wani. The letters were from Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz to UN.
Continuing on its rhetoric, Pakistan said that Wani’s killing was an “assassination of a Kashmiri youth leader” and that it was “extra-judicial”.
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“Dubbing the Kashmiris agitating for their right to self-determination as ‘terrorists’ was a travesty of truth and was further inflaming passions,” Lodhi said in the statement. On July 14, India had told the UN
that Pakistan is “a country that covets the territory of others; a country that uses terrorism as state policy towards that misguided end; a country that extols the virtues of terrorists and that provides sanctuary to UN-designated terrorists; and a country that masquerades its efforts as support for human rights and self-determination”.