US says does not support declaring Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: October 7, 2016 1:40 pm
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The US on Friday said it does not support declaring Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’ but will continue to work with the governments in the region to eliminate safe havens which also pose a threat to India. The US also called for a “meaningful dialogue” between India and Pakistan to address differences including the Kashmir issue and to bring down the recent tensions. State Department spokesperson John Kirby, however, expressed confidence that Pakistan has kept nuclear arsenals safe from terrorists.

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Asked if the government would support a bill in the Congress and an online petition that the US should declare Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’, Kirby at his daily press briefing said: “I have not seen anything specifically about the – such a bill, and obviously we don’t.”

He, however, said he would not comment on “whatever pending legislation may be coming in that regard”. “What we – what I would say is common threat, common challenge in the region, and we’re going to continue to work with Pakistan, with Afghanistan, and the Secretary (of State) just came back from Brussels and the Afghanistan conference in Brussels. And obviously it’s a threat to the Indian people as well. So we’re going to continue to work with the governments in the region to try to address these common threats and challenges, and we’ve always said that more can be done about the safe havens and that’s – we’re going to, again, try to work as cooperatively as we can to that end,” Kirby said.

He said the US’ position on Kashmir has not changed and it is for India and Pakistan to address the problem.

“On the Kashmir issue, our position has not changed. We want this to be worked out between both sides, the issue of Kashmir. And generally, we obviously want to see the tensions that exist right now be brought down and for dialogue to take its place – meaningful dialogue to try to address these issues bilaterally between the countries,” Kirby said. He added that the US wanted India and Pakistan to resolve their differences.

“There are still differences of opinion that exist between them; and as I said earlier, we want them to work through those differences. We have differences with many countries too, and we continue to try to work through them,” Kirby said.

“That’s all we’re asking, that’s all we’re hoping, that’s all we’re expecting from leaders in India and Pakistan. But we don’t believe for a minute that they don’t take the challenges before them seriously or the lives and security of their children,” he said. Kirby also said the US had full confidence in Pakistan’s nuclear security.

“I think we’ve said before we’re confident that Pakistan has the security controls they need to have in place on their arsenal,” he said.

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    Anti
    Oct 7, 2016 at 7:51 am
    Look at ur comments now . changing again from USA s lap to Russians . slap on ur faces u must be feeling it .this is India s true worth .
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      Anti
      Oct 7, 2016 at 6:00 am
      Now bite ur self slum dogs slap
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        Khalid
        Oct 7, 2016 at 9:18 am
        Its time, India be declared Terrorist state-violating UNO resolutions on Kashmir, terrorising children, women in Kashmir black mailing its neighbours
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          Kathir
          Oct 7, 2016 at 5:04 pm
          If the muslims in India lives peacefuly with hindus ,why can't the muslims in stan follow the same path to live peacefully with India and Bangladesh?lt;br/gt;Muslims of Kashmire a nd Muslims of other parts of India are all same brothers and stan doesn't need cry for self administration for Muslims of Kashmire because they are alreay living in India. It is time for stan brothers to forget this huge cry on Kashmire for years and years for nothing.lt;br/gt;Kashmire is part of India.lt;br/gt;It is over now for s to run towards Saudi Arabia for their support through United States who is always waiting to sell weapons.We can see the mess created by US in Iraq,Lybia and now in syria.Now they are trying to creat the same mess against china by inciting small countries in this region.It is all for business of their arms .
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            Li Chen
            Oct 7, 2016 at 8:44 am
            Clearly, US has not learnt anything from 9/11. Only when New York, Washington DC, San Francisco are nuked simultaneously by elements from stan, US will correct its stand. This stani ance will prove expensive for US
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              SubbuI
              Oct 7, 2016 at 9:35 am
              MODI'S CLOSEST FRIEND BARAK HAD DITCHED HIM. IT WAS EXPECTED DEVOLPEMENT. ALL HUGGING . TEA SERVING. SHAWLand SAREE PRESENTS AND CHANTING BARAK. BARAK.BARAK IN DREAM AND RECEIVING WITH WEARING 10 LACS WORTH OF MOOOOOOOOOOODI STRIPED SUIT. NOTHING WORKED FOR MODI. THIS IS THE FIRST SIGN THAT AMERICA IS GIONG TO INTERFERE AND BECOME NE " THE NEGOTIATOR" BETWEEN INDIA AND GOOD BOY STHAN ON KASHMIR ISSUE. THIS IS ONLY BECOMING SIR. Aage Aage DEKTHE jayiye
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                tom vivag
                Oct 7, 2016 at 1:37 pm
                As I mentioned USA do not mess with stan as fear of ping nuke and dirty bombs to tertorists
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                  Sigh.
                  Oct 7, 2016 at 11:47 am
                  We always talk about hate and war. Imagine the region if there is friendship between India and stan. People freely traveling in each other country without visa like Europe.
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