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US want Pakistan to act against terrorists after India’s SAARC pullout

With India deciding to pull out of the SAARC Summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November, the US has said that it continues to pressurise Pakistan to act against terror safe havens within its borders while calling for “de-escalation of the political discourse” between the two South Asian neighbours.

Following the September 18 cross-border terror attack on an Indian Army base at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, India on Tuesday said it would not attend the 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Summit to be hosted by Pakistan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to go for the event.  “Well, I mean, clearly we’ve talked about that before is, while we’ve seen Pakistan make progress on some of the terrorist groups operating within its own borders and carrying out attacks within its borders, that we continue to put pressure on Pakistan to respond to those groups who are, quote/unquote, ‘seeking safe haven on Pakistan’s borders’, that — who are intent on carrying out attacks elsewhere in the region,” US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner said in the daily press briefing on Tuesday.

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