As India mounts pressure, Pakistan flaunts its 'reaffirmed commitment' with the US

In its sharpest attack on Pakistan, India on Thursday called it a "terrorist state" which carries out "war crimes" by using terrorism as an "instrument of state policy", after Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif glorified Hizbul commander Burhan Wani at the United Nations.

India also strongly rejected Sharif's call for "a serious and sustained" bilateral dialogue "without any conditions", saying that Pakistan, which "seems to be run by a war machine rather than a government", wants talks with a "gun in its hand".

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Meanwhile, India, along with the United States and Afghanistan reaffirmed their shared interests in combating terrorism and advancing peace and security in the region as they explored ways to "coordinate and align" assistance in the war-torn country with priorities of the Afghan government.

Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra, Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai and US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson met in New York on Wednesday on the margins of the 71st UN General Assembly for a round of trilateral consultations.

They exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan and on "regional issues of mutual interest".

Curiously, across the border, Pakistan media on Thursday "reaffirmed commitment" between the country and the US "to continue cooperation for promoting peace, security and stability in the region".

According to Pakistan's Express Tribune, the US recognised its "progress" in disrupting militant networks in its tribal areas even as two pro-India US lawmakers moved a resolution in Congress to declare Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism.

The said acknowledgement came during the meeting of US-Pakistan Defense Consultative Group (DCG) held at the defence ministry in Rawalpindi.

After the meeting, a joint statement said that the delegates recognised the centrality of the US-Pakistan bilateral security partnership to their overall bilateral relationship and acknowledged that continued cooperation remains vital, reports Daily Times.

According to the report, the US reiterated its support for the Armed Forces of Pakistan in their ongoing operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and recognised the progress made in disrupting militant networks that have helped enhance security on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

The Pakistani side was led by Defence Secretary Lieutenant general (retired) Zameerul Hassan, while the American delegation was headed by US Deputy Defense Secretary David Shear, reports Radio Pakistan.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Sep 22, 2016 16:22 PM

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