LeT poses serious threat to US, India: Whit House

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Terrorism in Pakistan
Washington, Jul 1: Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) poses serious threat to both India and the United States and a global effort is required to eliminate its menace, a White House report has said.

"In South Asia Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) the organisation responsible for the rampage in Mumbai in 2008 that killed over 100 people, including six Americans constitutes a formidable terrorist threat to Indian, US, and other Western interests in South Asia and potentially elsewhere," says the National Strategy for Counter-Terrorism released by the White House.

US counter terrorism efforts against LeT will continue to focus on ensuring that the group lacks the capability to conduct or support operations detrimental to US interests or regional stability, including escalating tensions between Pakistan and India, the White House said in its 19-page report.

"Much of our effort against LeT will continue to center on coordinating with, enabling, and improving the will and capabilities of partner nations including in South Asia, Europe, and the Arabian Gulf to counter the group and its terrorist activities," the White House said in its report which for the first time makes public key aspects of its policy to defeat terrorism in the world.

The report is mainly focused on al-Qaeda and its other affiliated terrorist groups.

"Even if we achieve the ultimate defeat of al-Qaeda in the Afghanistan-Pakistan theater, an expanded and diverse network of terrorist groups determined to focus beyond their local environments is likely to persist," it said, and referred to LeT as the most dangerous terrorist groups. 

PTI

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