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Washington, Describing terrorism as a shared challenge and a shared responsibility, the United States has suggested all countries, including India and Pakistan, work in concert and coordination to get at this very real threat.

Indian Prime Minister “has every right to be concerned about the security of his country and his people,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters Tuesday when asked about Narendra Modi’s comments about terrorism during his recent visit to Dubai.

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“We all recognize and our partners in that region recognize that terrorism is a shared challenge, a shared responsibility,” he said referring to Modi’s call to close all doors to terrorists like Dawood Ibrahim, who is reported to have homes in both Pakistan and Dubai.

It was, Kirby said, “for all of us to work together to share information as best we can and to work in concert and coordination as we are against ISIL, 62-plus nations – to get at this very real threat.”

Asked how many terrorists wanted by both India and the US were hiding in Pakistan, Kirby said he had “no idea, what the number might be to that.”

But “independence celebrations, I think, offer a good opportunity for everybody, whether they’re Indian or Pakistani, to kind of reflect on the challenges, the common challenges and security situation there between those two countries and inside those two countries,” he said.

“We know there continue to be tensions, and our position about that has not changed. These are matters for both India and Pakistan to work out,” Kirby said.

“There’s certainly enough motivation to do that given that tension still exists.”

“As for our assistance, I mean, we have strong relationships with both countries,” he said though he did not have “the details of the security assistance package that was provided to Pakistan.”

“But we have strong bilateral relations with both countries, and we, the United States have, as Secretary (of State John) Kerry has said himself, have strong interest in seeing peaceful resolution to the tensions there,” Kirby said.

(IANS)

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Mother Convicted of Forcing Daughter to Marry

A British court has convicted a mother of forcing her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age in Pakistan, in a first successful prosecution of its type in England.

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A British court has convicted a mother of forcing her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age in Pakistan, in a first successful prosecution of its type in England.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday convicted the mother of four of duping her then 17-year-old daughter into travelling to Pakistan on the pretext of a family holiday in 2016 and forcing her to marry there, the BBC reported.

The mother was found guilty of two counts of forced marriage and was scheduled to be sentenced.

The court heard the girl had been entered into a “marriage contract” with the man years before in Pakistan and became pregnant at 13. The victim had an abortion on returning to the UK, with her doctor reporting his concerns to social services.

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Prosecutors said the girl’s mother told them that her daughter and the man were just “two teenagers who had sneakily had sex” after she was referred, the BBC said.

The girl was tricked into travelling to Pakistan again in September 2016 and was forced by her mother to sign marriage papers.

When the daughter protested against the marriage, her mother threatened to burn her passport and assaulted her.

The mother was also convicted of perjury after she lied about the incident in the High Court.

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It is the first time a forced marriage case of this kind has been successfully prosecuted in an English court. Prosecutions for forced marriage, which became an offense in 2014, are rare. (IANS)

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