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Ban LeT, JeM, Hizb, India asks USA
Tribune News Service and PTI

New Delhi, October 2
Asserting that Osama bin Laden had strong links with the Jaish-e-Mohammad responsible for the suicide bomb attack in Srinagar, India today demanded that the USA should ban and freeze funds of Pakistan-backed terrorist outfits the JeM, the Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Hizbul Mujahideen in the first phase of its global fight against terrorism.

The USA should also ensure effective implementation of the UN Security Council resolution calling upon all states to end support, including funding, supply of weapons and providing safe haven to terrorists, Minister of State for External Affairs Omar Abdullah said at a press conference

Stating that New Delhi had provided “credible” evidence to Washington on the JeM’s close linkages with Bin Laden’s Al Qaida group, Mr Abdullah said the Saudi terrorist mastermind had reached an agreement with Harkat-ul-Mujahideen leader Fazlur Rehman to launch a jehad (holy war) against America and its allies.

Mr Abdullah indulged in a bit of tautology when on the one hand he reiterated the Prime Minister’s warning to Pakistan not to test India’s patience and on the other ruled out the possibility of India launching a military action to destroy terrorist camps in Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

He was addressing a news conference here before leaving for Maldives.
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Pak should hand over JeM leaders: Advani

New Delhi, October 2
Pakistan should hand over leaders of militant outfit, Jaish-e-Mohammad, to India if it wanted to prove its seriousness in fighting terrorism, Home Minister L.K. Advani said today.

Terming Pakistan a “terrorist country”, he said, “if it wants to prove its seriousness in fighting terrorism, it should hand over Jaish-e-Mohammad leaders to India.”

India has also demanded that more militant outfits like Jaish-e-Mohammad which were operating from Pakistani soil should be banned, Mr Advani told ETV in an interview.

Growing international pressure was “unlikely to deter Pakistan-sponsored terrorists to unleash terror in the valley,” Mr Advani was quoted as saying.

“While the world has come to realise that terrorism was a menace and needs to be confronted, “Pakistan has certainly not and so are the Pakistan-sponsored terrorist outfits”, he said. PTIBack

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