The Heart of Asia (HOA) Conference today saw India and Afghanistan come together on the issue of terrorism. The conference adopted the Amritsar Resolution naming Pakistan-based terrorist groups, including Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), as grave threats to peace in region.
In a clear message to Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called for “resolute action” not just against forces of terrorism but also against those who support, shelter, train and finance them, saying silence and inaction will only embolden terrorists and their masters. In his address at the 6th conference of Heart of Asia, a platform to help Afghanistan in its transition, Modi said the growing arc of terrorist violence is posing the gravest threat to the region.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were meeting in the northern Indian city of Amritsar, a short distance from the Pakistan border, for the Heart of Asia conference aimed at stabilising Afghanistan.
The theme of the conference is 'enhanced cooperation for countering security threats and promoting connectivity in the Heart of Asia region', and speculation was rife that India and Afghanistan would seek to pin Pakistan on terrorism.
Demonetisation has hit diplomacy — Pakistan High Commission diplomats in New Delhi have refused to take their payable-in-dollar salaries from the Indian bank that holds the salary account, and Islamabad, lodging a strong protest with New Delhi, has threatened that disbursal of salaries of Indian High Commission staff in the Pakistani capital may also get affected.
The top commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan denounced Russia and Iran during a Pentagon briefing Friday, charging the two nations were “legitimizing” the Taliban inside Afghanistan.
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China today said it will remain in touch with India and “relevant parties” on Beijing blocking India’s bid for a UN ban on Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar, as it mulled further options after its technical hold on the ban expires this month. “On the issue of listing in the UNSC 1267 Committee, I have already explained China’s position many times,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told PTI here.
Pakistan has reminded India of its obligations under the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) and cautioned that New Delhis own credibility would suffer if the accord was violated, an official has said here.