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US dismisses Pakistan’s claims that Haqqani terror network has been wiped from the country

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Washington: Rejecting the Pakistani National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz’s claims that the notorious Afghanistan based Haqqani terror network has been wiped from the Pakistani soil, the US on Monday said threats from terror groups continue to arise from Pakistan.

US State Department Spokesman Mark Toner. Photo Credit: tribune.com.pk
US State Department Spokesman Mark Toner. Photo Credit: tribune.com.pk

US State Department Spokesman Mark Toner said: “We recognize that there’s still threat from these terrorist groups emanating from Pakistan. We want to see Pakistan take additional steps to address some of these threats,” according to a report in the Economic Times.

Toner added that, the US National Security Adviser Susan Rice had very “frank and productive conversations” with her counterpart in the Pakistan government about various threats that continues to have its presence in Pakistan.

Previously Sartaj Azis had stated that after the military operations against the Haqqani network in North Waziristan, they had relocated to Afghanistan and are no longer present in Pakistan.

Reacting to this, Toner said: “In terms of the Haqqani network and really the violence that we see from the Taliban and the Haqqani network, we really want to double down, on trying to stop these groups from carrying out other acts of terror,” as quoted in ET.

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Pakistan Rejects Any Link to Kashmir Terror Attack

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the attack was a matter of "grave concern".

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the attack was a matter of "grave concern" and it had been condemning "heightened acts of violence in the (Kashmir) Valley". Pixabay

Pakistan has denied any involvement in the suicide attack that claimed the lives of 45 CRPF troopers in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the attack was a matter of “grave concern” and it had been condemning “heightened acts of violence in the (Kashmir) Valley”.

“We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to the State of Pakistan without investigations,” said the statement.

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The Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), a Pakistan-based outfit, claimed responsibility for the attack in Pulwama district. Wikimedia

The Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), a Pakistan-based outfit, claimed responsibility for the attack in Pulwama district. It was the worst ever attack on security forces on any single day since a separatist campaign broke out in Jammu and Kashmir in 1989.

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India said the JeM was led by “international terrorist” Masood Azhar, who had been given full freedom by Islamabad to operate and expand his terror infrastructure in territories under the control of Pakistan and to carry out attacks in India and elsewhere with impunity. (IANS)