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Strong reactions pour in as Biden, Modi urge Pakistan to end ‘cross-border terrorism’

Pakistani netizens are demanding that the government of Pakistan hit back at India and the US with a befitting response for asking it to do more against terrorism.

Pakistani netizens are strongly reacting to the recent joint statement by US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding Islamabad take steps to ensure that Pakistani soil is not being used in “launching terror attacks.”

In a joint statement issued as Modi paid a state visit to Washington and met Biden, the two leaders called for action against extremist groups allegedly based in Pakistan such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad.

The statement is going viral on social media as political commenters and experts on matters of international relations analyze the statement and what it means for Pakistan.

The statement is also being condemned on social media since Pakistan itself is a victim of terrorism and has already been fighting against frequent terror attacks. Therefore the statement by US and India is uncalled-for.

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In fact, Pakistani netizens are demanding that the government of Pakistan hit back at India and the US with a befitting response for asking it to do more against terrorism. The incumbent PDM government has come under criticism for remaining silent on the joint statement by US President Biden and Indian PM Modi.

Pertinent to mention that Pakistan assisted the US in its War on Terror. Meanwhile, in 2020, Pakistan gave UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres a dossier accusing India of stoking “terrorism” in Pakistan.

 

 

In the 58-point statement issued by the White House, Biden and Modi called for action against extremist groups allegedly based in Pakistan such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad.

“They strongly condemned cross-border terrorism, the use of terrorist proxies and called on Pakistan to take immediate action to ensure that no territory under its control is used for launching terrorist attacks,” the statement said.

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Biden and Modi also reiterated the call for concerted action against all UN-listed terrorist groups including Al-Qa’ida, Daesh and Hizb-ul-Mujhahideen.

They stressed bringing the perpetrators of attacks, including the bloody 2008 siege of Mumbai and the Pathankot incidents.