MEA welcomes Pentagon report that acknowledges Pak involvement in global terrorism
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Tuesday acknowledged Pentagon's assessment that Pakistan is using militant groups as proxies to counter the superior Indian military.
New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Tuesday acknowledged Pentagon's assessment that Pakistan is using militant groups as proxies to counter the superior Indian military.
Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said that India welcomes the assessment of Pentagon that Pakistan has become a safe havens for terrorists .
"If international community is now acknowledging the fact that terrorism derives support from Pak, its something that we welcome," Syed Akbaruddin, the Official Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs, said extending support to the report.
He further said, "We have been of the view that we do not need to segment terrorists,"ANI reported.
"We need to focus on terrorism as an evil scourge against whole of mankind," Akbaruddin added on the Pentagon report.
"We have always held that the issue of terrorism should not been segmented," he told reporters here.
The Pentagon, in a report running into more than 100 pages, accused Islamabad of being a safe haven for terrorists targeting both India and Afghanistan and told the US Congress that Pakistan used these tactics to counter the superior Indian forces.
"Pakistan uses these proxy forces to hedge against the loss of influence in Afghanistan and to counter India's superior military," the report read.
"India has shown increased interest in Afghan security assistance, though activities in the area remain limited. India currently offers India based training to ANSF personnel across a number of specialties and the Indian Government committed to expand this programme. India does not provide direct military support or training in Afghanistan," the report added.
The Pentagon also accused Pakistan-based militants of bombing the Indian consulate in Herat in May, naming terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba as the culprits.