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India, US call upon Taliban to prevent terror attacks from Afghanistan

India and the US on Thursday called upon the Taliban to make sure that terrorists never use Afghan soil to launch attacks on any country. They also agreed to continue consulting closely about the developments in Afghanistan.

After the 8th meeting of the US – India Counterterrorism Joint Working Group and Designations Dialogue, the two countries issued a joint statement.

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They recalled their take against terrorist substitutes and cross border terrorism in any form, that is a thinly disguised call for Pakistan that exports terror across borders to India and Afghanistan.

India and the United States made a clear call again for bringing to justice the terrorists of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai.

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Hafiz Saeed, the brains behind the terror attack is in jail after he was convicted in November 2020, years after permissive treatment by the Pakistani government. Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi who was the leader of that operation was sentenced to jail this January for terror financing but not particular to the Mumbai attacks.

The joint statement was released after a meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington DC. Mahaveer Singhvi, Counter-Terrorism – Joint Secretary (Ministry of External Affairs India) and John T. Godfrey – Coordinator (US state department), led their respective teams.

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They also called for intensive action against all terrorist groups, which is proscribed by the UN Security Council like the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).

In the joint statement, they stated that Afghanistan must never be used to threaten or attack any country or shelter them to plan and fund attacks.

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