Shunning its popular stand of being in denial of existence of terrorist organisations in the country, Pakistan has admitted that Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammed were operating from its territory. The admission has come for the first time in the history.
As per reports in Times of India, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif admitted existence of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammed on its soil and called for tougher actions against these groups.
"We should impose restrictions on activities of elements like LeT and JeM so that we can show the global community that we've put our house in order," Asif told.
Asif also asserted that Pakistan could no longer afford to test its friends on the issue of terrorism.
"Friends like China should not be tested every time, particularly in the changed (global) scenario," Asif said.
Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa also defended Pakistan’s role in the fight against terrorism, saying “we have done our part”, as the country faced criticism for not doing enough to combat the menace.
Bajwa was addressing a Defence Day ceremony at General Headquarters. His comments days after US President Donald Trump criticised Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorists.
BRICS nations too expressed concern over threat posed by terror groups, including those based in Pakistan.
Bajwa said that Pakistan made “countless sacrifices” in the war against terrorism but still “we are told that we have not done enough”.
“We have done our part and now the world must do more instead of telling us to do more,” he said.
He highlighted Pakistan success against terrorism by launching successive successful military offensive.
With PTI inputs