WASHINGTON, June 10 - In a strong message, the US has asked Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used for planning attacks in India and to go after all terror groups operating from its soil, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said terrorism is being �incubated in India�s neighbourhood�.
�This is one of the steps that the US is encouraging Pakistan to do for the improvement of its relations with India,� a State Department spokesperson said.
�We believe that Pakistan and India stand to benefit from practical cooperation and encourage direct dialogue aimed at increasing cooperation and reducing tensions,� Mark Toner told reporters yesterday. �And that includes steps by Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to plan attacks in India and that Pakistan takes steps to address or to go after the terrorist groups that are currently using its territory. That continues to be an area of collaboration and cooperation that we pursue with Pakistan is its counter-terrorism operations,� he said in response to a question.
Responding to a question, Toner said Pakistan was one of the issues discussed between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama on Tuesday. �Certainly that was one of the discussions, frankly, that was raised in discussions with Prime Minister Modi. They talked about a wide range of regional issues, in fact,� he said. � PTI