Act against terror groups: US tells Pakistan

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New Delhi, Apr 2: The United States has asked Pakistan to take action against terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) not only because it is important to India, but also for the United States.

This is the message that was conveyed to the top Pak officials when the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Robert Blake, was in Pakistan recently.

Blake said, "I urged them (Pakistan) to also take action against the Punjab-based groups, such as LeT, not only because that's important to India, but it's important to the United States."

"So we think it's very much in the interests of Pakistan, as well, to take action against the LeT," he said.

Blake also praised the recent Pakistan action against terrorists in the Swat Valley and the arrest of top Taliban leaders.

He further said, "But we think there also needs to be progress against these Punjab-based groups, many of which, by the way, are targeting Pakistan, as well."

Blake argued that groups like Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) had been responsible for attacks in Lahore.

"They are responsible for the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team. So again, I think there's a compelling reason for the government (of Pakistan) to take action against those groups," Blake added.

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