France calls for ‘decisive’ action against LeT, JeM ‘targeting India’

Clearly referring to Pakistan without naming it, he emphasised that all countries should fight effectively against terrorism "originating from their territory or territories under their control".

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 12, 2017 2:58 pm
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France on Thursday pressed for “decisive action” against Pakistan-based terror groups like LeT, JeM and Hizbul Mujahideen which are “targeting” India and vowed to work with New Delhi to get terrorist Masood Azhar proscribed by the UN Security Council. Without naming China which has blocked a proposal at the UNSC to sanction JeM chief Azhar, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said, “The international community’s determination to combat terrorism must be the same everywhere, regardless of the threat.”

On the cross-LoC surgical strikes carried out by India in September last year after an attack on Uri army camp, Ayrault said a country has a “right to defend itself” in the wake of such threats. “France has very firmly condemned the terrorist attacks against India, including the recent one in Uri, and reiterated its full solidarity with India in its combat against terrorism,” the French Minister, who was on a visit here, told PTI in an interview.

Clearly referring to Pakistan without naming it, he emphasised that all countries should fight effectively against terrorism “originating from their territory or territories under their control”. “We particularly want to see decisive action taken, in keeping with international law, against terrorist groups targeting India, particularly the Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Jaish-e-Mohammad and the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen,” he said.

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The French Minister, who was on a four-day visit to India primarily to attend the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, was asked about his views on the surgical strikes carried out by Indian Army in September last to target terror camps based across the LoC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. “Nothing can justify terrorism, which must be fought everywhere with equal determination. When a country is faced with a terrorist threat of this nature, it has the right to defend itself,” he replied.

With regard to China blocking sanctioning of Azhar, he said, “We regret that, despite our joint efforts and wide support from the Committee, unanimity could not be reached.” He noted that Jaish-e-Mohammad is already included in the Committee’s list of terrorist organisations and “therefore, there are very strong arguments in favour of listing its chief, as India has requested”. That’s why France not only supported but also co-sponsored this request, he said.

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  1. R
    Jan 12, 2017 at 11:08 am
    The rouge nation won't do anything. China and stan are the new axis of evil.
  2. A
    Jan 12, 2017 at 11:20 am
    All this millitary jhumlaism is just to hide the failiure of Demonitizationlt;br/gt;Punjab is the real terror ground and modi is the real terrorist
  3. L
    Jan 12, 2017 at 11:27 pm
    French will make any statement as long as you keep buying arms from them. Nothing new.
  4. H
    Jan 12, 2017 at 12:53 pm
    Bharatiya Danga Party wants to throw India in a conflict with Muslim army of Nuclear stan and Huge ant army of Nuclear China, yes Ofcourse but with a small caveat though, with a gun on people's head, after taking all their money and disposing of its own money. That's how BDP roll, so gangsta. PM Modi then wants to jump to a podium and do name calling and mudslinging. Yes Ofcourse but with a small caveat though, he want to do this with his signature bizzare hand gestures. Biggest name calla and biggest mud slinga. He then wants to seize all black money, yes Ofcourse with a small caveat though, he wants to do this by short cut of demonetisation. Biggest hoax pulla. PM Modi then wants to pour cow mutra down people's throat and apply cow gober on people's face for best shade results. He then wants people to buy patanjali product only using digital transaction, yes Ofcourse with a small caveat though, with a gun on people's head.....
  5. I
    Jan 12, 2017 at 2:26 pm
    China, stan and North Korea is the new axis of evil
  6. K
    kamath Ramesh
    Jan 12, 2017 at 10:33 am
    All right thinking countries must come together to fish out terrorists like masood azar and hafiz sayeed and expose countries like pak and china supporting them.
  7. R
    Ramakrishnan Kinattukara
    Jan 12, 2017 at 10:14 am
    As bothe stan and India are signatories to the Convention on suppression of unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Civil Aviation, stan Government is legally bound to extradite Mod Azhar who is involved in the hijacking of Indian Airlnes flight.The reason why the matter is not taken up with the International Civil Aviation Organisation is dubious.China has no veto power in ICAO and stan can be suspended from international aviation rights if they do not comply.
  8. L
    l s
    Jan 12, 2017 at 9:23 am
    Only way is to remove China from the UN committe.
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