Terror attacks from Pak have shot up: Govt to LS
There has been a rise in attacks on India by Pakistan-based terrorists, the government told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, noting that it has been making efforts to have these terror networks and individuals banned by the UN.
Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, MoS for External Affairs VK Singh said listing of several Pakistan-based terrorists like Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi, and entities including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jamaat-ud-Dawaa (JuD) under the UN Security Council’s Resolution No 1267 was “successfully pursued”.
“The government continues to pursue imposition and strict monitoring of 1267 regime on various pakistan-based individuals and terrorist organisations, directing their activities against India. Our concerns regarding anti-India terrorism emanating from Pakistan have been taken up with the international community and also bilaterally with Pakistan on a number of occasions,” he said.
In this context, he also mentioned last year’s attacks in Gurdaspur and Udhampur and the terror assault at the Pathankot Air Force Station and at Pampore this year, noting such incidents have increased recently.
Singh said India’s concerns over cross-border terrorism was also discussed by the National Security Adviser (NSA) with his Pakistani counterpart when they had met in Bangkok in December last year.
“The two NSAs have also been in touch with each other following the Pathankot attack in January regarding the follow-up by Pakistan on actionable information provided by India concerning the attack,” he said.
Replying to a separate question, Singh said China is assisting Pakistan in developing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “Some of the proposed projects under CPEC are in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. The government’s consistent position is that Pakistan has been in illegal occupation of parts of the Indian state of J&K since 1947.”
He said the government has conveyed to the Chinese side, including at the highest level, its concerns about their activities in the PoK and asked them to cease these activities.