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“The fight is not with Pakistan, but with terror” says Sushma Swaraj at all-party meet

In an all-party meeting called by the government on Tuesday evening, Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said: “The fight is not with Pakistan, but with terror establishments.”

Addressing reporters after the meet, which took place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan, Swaraj said that she appreciated that all parties have come together at this time. “I am happy that all parties in one voice praised the security forces and supported the govt’s anti-terror operations,” she said. She added that all the parties present at the meet congratulated the Indian Air Force for the strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp across Line of Control.

She also informed the leaders from all the parties that she spoke over the phone to US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo over the air strikes by the Indian Air Force on JeM terror camps in Balakot. Also, present in the meeting were home minister Rajnath Singh, finance minister Arun Jaitley and parliamentary affairs minister Vijay Goel.

After the meeting was over, Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the Opposition is united in appreciating the efforts by the forces. “The security forces always have our support in all endeavours to take on enemies of the nation and to end terrorism. Another good thing is that today’s operation was clean which specifically targeted terrorists and destroyed a terror camp and that no civilians were harmed,” said Azad.

Swaraj is scheduled to visit China to take part in the Russia-India-China trilateral meeting. In the talks, which will be held in Wuzhen, will be the first after the air strikes, and Swaraj is likely to raise the issue of cross-border terrorism.

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