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At Heart of Asia (HoA) Conference in Amritsar, India likely to step up efforts to corner Pakistan due to its State-sponsored Terrorism

Pakistan's tribal region along the border of Afghanistan has been accused of being a "haven for terrorists"

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Amritsar, Dec 3, 2016: With the rise in tension with Pakistan followed by another attack on an army base, India most likely will come up with strategies to make efforts to diplomatically handle the situation and deploy support for action against state-sponsored terrorism at the Heart of Asia conference scheduled in Amritsar from tomorrow.

After experiencing an increase in the attacks from terror groups based in Pakistan, Afghanistan is ready to urge for a counter-terrorism framework via a binding commitment at the Heart of Asia Istanbul Process. The HoA Istanbul Process is a platform provided since 2011 to assist the war-stricken country of Afghanistan during its transition, mentioned PTI.

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Important challenges including terror groups and ways to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan will be scrutinized by top officials of the 14 member countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will inaugurate the main conference on Sunday together where these two countries are likely to corner Pakistan on terror.

According to PTI, Pakistan will be represented by Pakistan Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz and all will be hoping to witness an Indo-Pak bilateral meeting. Preceding Aziz’s arrival India said that the cross-border terrorism will not be accepted in the bilateral ties with Pakistan and Aziz pointed out that talk cannot be conducted when surrounded by terror.

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India attempted to isolate Pakistan diplomatically after the attack in Uri on an army establishment and is likely to push it further at the Heart of Asia conference. According to PTI, India called Pakistan the “mother ship” of global terrorism at the BRICS summit, Goa in October.

Amritsar, not being very far from the Indo-Pak border is stocked up and multiple layers of security has been placed. The Indo-Pak border in Punjab is under heavy surveillance.

The major focus will obviously be dealing with terrorism because both India and Afghanistan rendered the terror emerging from Pakistan the greatest threat to peace and stability.

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The representatives from over 40 countries including USA, China, Russia and Iran attending the conference will discuss the framework for effective counter-terrorism proposed by Afghanistan.

In the absence of the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is ill, the Indian delegation will be led by the Finance Minister of India Arun Jaitley.

-prepared by Shivam Thaker of NewsGram with PTI inputs. Twitter: @Shivam_Thaker

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