Pak should take on Lashkar, Jaish, no envoy on Kashmir: John Kerry

December 15th, 2008 - 6:43 pm ICT by ANI  

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By Naveen Kapoor
New Delhi, Dec.15 (ANI): Senator John Kerry, a close aide of US President-elect Barack Obama, on Monday said that India has the right to expect that Pakistan should take steps to shut down terrorist training camps on it soil.

Addressing a news conference here after interactions with the Indian leadership, Kerry said that Islamabad should take on both the Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Jaish-e-Muhammad, both of whom are being linked to last month’’s terror attacks in Mumbai.

Terming the Mumbai attacks as a turning point, Kerry said business cannot go on as ”usual”.

Kerry who met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,Home Minister P. Chidambaram and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, also commented on the ISI’’s role in the attacks.

“It is imperative that intelligence services of Pakistan not be able to make its own choices or operate outside the standard which we have the right to expect,” Kerry said.

Ever since the tensions between India and Pakistan have sparked off in the wake of 26/11 in which six US citizens were also killed , US has airdashed a battery of leaders, including Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Deputy Secretary of State John Negraponte, Senator John McCain and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen. to diffuse the tensions between the two nuclear neighbors.

Kerry assertions are likely to escalate international pressure on Pakistan to act tough against the Lashkar and the Jaish and also to put control the fringe elements in the Pakistan secret service ISI.

Kerry, who is take over as the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has categorically told Pakistan to root out terrorist elements from its territory.

In what can be seen as another diplomatic victory for India, Kerry said that Obama is not in favour of appointing a special envoy on Kashmir.

“The president elect does not intend to create special envoy just on Kashmir. He is talking about further cooperation,” Kerry said.

Kerry statement is likely to upset Islamabad which has been pitching hard for US intervention in the Kashmir dispute for decades. (ANI)

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