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  • US President Obama calls for eliminating Pak based safe havens of terror

    Published on January 24, 2015

    US President Barack Obama has called for eliminating safe havens of terror in Pakistan for Barack Obamalasting regional and world peace.

    In an interview to New Delhi based Magazine, the US president said that India and US are true global partners and he is also praised the commitment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for heralding a new dawn in India US relationship.

    Pakistan’s intransigence on terrorism has been a focal point of discussions between India and United States since long.

    With Barack Obama talking tough on Pakistan-based terrorism and demanding justice for 26/11 victims, the question is, will it change Pakistan’s support for proxy war with India?

    The security situation in India’s neighbourhood makes the mention of Pakistan inevitable. Ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit to India, Pakistan sponsored terrorism continues to grab headlines.

    Recently, US Secretary of State John Kerry had during his visit to Pakistan asked it to crack down on all terror groups without any discrimination, including those directing terrorism to India.

    That was followed by Pakistan banning terror groups including 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Afghanistan focused Haqqani network. This has led to restrictions on Saeed’s foreign visits and freeze of bank accounts of the banned groups.

    International pressure to not distinguish between good and bad terrorists has been growing on Pakistan since 150 people, mostly children, were massacred in an Army school in Peshawar in Pakistan.

    The bans imposed by Pakistan may not yield much in the final analysis since Pakistan’s record shows that it hasn’t been walking its talk.

    For instance, facing intense pressure from the United States, Pakistan banned the Lashkar in January, 2002 after which top leaders, including Saeed, were placed under house arrest, and the organisation’s bank accounts were shut down. Within weeks, though, Saeed and other jihadist leaders were released, with local courts saying there was no evidence of their involvement in terrorism.

    Notably, the ban did not apply to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir or the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas and the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

    Following the imposition of sanctions against the Lashkar-e-Taiba by the United Nations Security Council on December 10, 2008, Jamaat offices across the country were shut down but reopened within weeks.

    Meanwhile, Indian army and intelligence agencies have warned of conspiracies being hatched in Pakistan to disrupt peace in India during Obama’s visit.

    Security agencies in India are working day and night to stave off any terror threat.

    Even United States has warned Pakistan of consequences if it ratchets up tension along the border with India during Obama’s visit.


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