If Khan is so ‘generous’, he should hand over terrorist leader Azhar – Indian FM
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New Delhi can’t have effective talks with Pakistan unless it cracks down on terrorist groups operating on its soil, Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj warned.
Last week, Pakistani security forces detained more than 40 people belonging to various terrorist groups, including the brother and the son of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leader, Masood Azhar. Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed to not allow the militants to use Pakistani territory “for any kind of outside terrorism.”
Speaking at a public event on Thursday, Sushma Swaraj challenged Khan’s commitment.
“Some people say Imran Khan is a statesman, if he is so generous then he should hand over JeM chief Masood Azhar to India. Let’s see how generous he is,” the minister said.
“We do not want talk on terror, we want action on it. Terror and talks cannot go together,” she stressed.
“We are ready to engage Pakistan in an atmosphere free from terror.”
#WATCH EAM Sushma Swaraj in Delhi: We are ready to engage with Pakistan in atmosphere free from terror. Some people say Imran Khan is a statesman, if he is so generous then he should hand over JeM chief Masood Azhar to India. Let's see how generous he is. (13.03) pic.twitter.com/kgnDfv8gOY
— ANI (@ANI) March 14, 2019
Indian politicians have accused its neighbor of being unable to combat JeM and other militant groups that carry out cross-border attacks against India.
Following an attack that killed 40 Indian soldiers in Kashmir in February, New Delhi carried out an air raid into Pakistani territory targeting JeM camps, which led to the dramatic flare-up of tensions between the nations.
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