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India, US urge Pakistan to focus on eliminating terror safe havens


India told the UN Security Council on Friday that Pakistan should focus on eradicating terrorism stemming from the safe havens from across the border, and said Pakistan should change its mindset differentiating between good and bad terrorists.

Syed Akbaruddin, the Indian Ambassador to the UN, said India was committed to working with its allies to bring peace, security, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan.

“It is with this in mind that our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to Afghanistan on December 24, 2015 to inaugurate the Parliament building, stopped over in Lahore, Pakistan,” he said.

“Unfortunately, these visits were followed by a heinous and barbaric terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase on January 1, 2016, perpetrated and planned by the very same mindsets which attack the spirit of Afghanistan every day,” he added.

Pakistan, in return, lashed back by bringing up Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian defence personnel who has been sentenced to death by Pakistani military court for allegedly spying.

“Those who talk of changing mindset need to look within, at their own record of subversion against my country as our capture of an Indian spy has proven beyond doubt,” said Pakistan’s U.N. Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi.

Reacting to US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan’s statement that the US will not work with Pakistan if it continued to give sanctuary to terrorist organisations, Lodhi said “those who imagine sanctuaries outside need a reality check.”

Earlier this month, the Donald Trump administration said it was suspending about $2 billion in military aid to Pakistan until it took actions against militants and got rid of all the safe havens in the country.

Following this, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif told Geo News Channel that the United States was neither a friend nor ally but “a friend who always betrays.”