US Shares List Of 20 Terrorist Groups With Pakistan

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Washington: The US has shared with Pakistan a list 20 terrorist groups like the LeT, JeM and HUM that Washington believes are operating from its soil to target India and Afghanistan, a media report said on Thursday.

Harakatul Jihadi-i-Islami, Jamaatul Ahrar, Jamaatud Dawa al-Quran and Tariq Gidar Group, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Commander Nazir Group, Indian Mujahideen, Islamic Jihad Union, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan ISIS-Khorasan, Al Qaeda in the Indian Sub-Continent and the Turkistan Islamic Party Movement are also on the list.

This comes after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the United States is going to test Pakistan by giving them a chance to act against terrorism, according to the Dawn. Meanwhile, official sources have dismissed earlier speculations that the list, shared by Tillerson, contains 75 terrorists. While giving a rundown of his visit to Pakistan last week, Tillerson informed that Pakistan has indicated to act against terrorists, if given information regarding their whereabouts.

The visit of the foreign secretary was aimed towards conveying President Trump’s message to Pakistan that terrorists, who plan attacks on neighbouring Afghanistan, find safe haven in the country. In another briefing, Tillerson said the visit had led to a healthy exchange of information on terrorists between both the countries, adding that information shared was beyond just names of individuals.

In reciprocation, U.S. expects Pakistan to share valuable information, useful in targeting militants, and hopes for future exchange of information to go beyond “specific location on any given day of where certain individuals or certain cells may be located.” The list, shared by U.S., differentiates among three types of militants groups- those who launch attacks in Afghanistan, those who target attacks inside Pakistan, and those who are focused on Kashmir.

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