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Decimate terror groups, Kerry tells Pak

Addressing a joint press conference with the Pakistan Prime Minister’s adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, US Secretary of State John Kerry said terror groups like the “Pakistani and Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other groups continue to pose a threat to Pakistan, to its neighbours and to the US.”

Kerry, who travelled to Pakistan from India, said all militant groups should be targeted to bring security to the region.

“We all have a responsibility to ensure that these extremists are no longer able to secure a foothold in this country or elsewhere,” he said. “Make no mistake. The task is a difficult one and it is not done.”

The Haqqani network is blamed for a deadly bombing of the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan in 2008 that left 58 people dead, a 2011 attack on the US Embassy in Kabul, and several big truck bombing attempts in the war-torn country. US and Afghan officials have repeatedly said Pakistan’s spy agency ISI covertly backed the Haqqanis to extend its influence in Afghanistan, a charge Islamabad denies.

LeT has carried out several attacks in India, including the co-ordinated terror attacks in Mumbai in November 2008 that left 166 people dead, including six Americans.
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