Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
August 30, 2016
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Pakistan to join other nations in tackling terrorism, saying there can be no distinction between “good and bad terrorists.”
Kerry made the comments on August 30 at a joint press conference with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi.
Citing the Haqqani network that operates in Afghanistan and Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has been blamed for attacks in India, Kerry called on Pakistan to “deprive any group of sanctuary.”
“We both agreed that nations must not maintain double standards, such as the categorization of good and bad terrorists, nor must they act as safe havens,” Swaraj said.
Both sides said that there had been an agreement to step up cooperation on intelligence.
Kerry also said Islamabad should not feel isolated by planned trilateral talks between the United States, India, and Afghanistan at next month’s annual UN meetings in New York.
“My hope is that Pakistan as a country is not isolated by this, but is encouraged by this,” he said.
Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP