US asks Pakistan to prosecute terrorists, not just detain them

Last Updated: Jun 14 2019 19:51
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On Thursday, US said that while recent counter-terrorism measures taken by Pakistan are “important”, they are “still reversible” and it needs to both “sustain” and “expand” them by “prosecuting terrorist leaders”.

“The reality is that terrorist organizations such as Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (another spelling for Lashkar-e-Toiba, LeT) and Jaish-e- Muhammad (Jaish-e-Mohammad, JeM) will continue to pose a grave risk to international peace as long as they are able to operate freely in Pakistan,” Alice Wells, head of the state department’s South and Central Asia bureau, said in her prepared remarks for a congressional hearing.

“Sustained progress on these two issues – reconciliation (in the context of Afghanistan) and counter-terrorism (in both Afghanistan and India) – will lie at the heart of a renewed bilateral relationship,” she added.