Washington | Strengthening the relationship between US and India moved one step forward to counter-terrorism. India and the US have signed a pact recognizing D Company of Dawood Ibrahim, Jaish-e Mohammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e Tayyiba (LeT) as entities that need to be dealt with in the Indian subcontinent. In the US-India Joint Declaration on Combating Terrorism, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and US Secretary of State John Kerry also strongly condemned the terror attack in Gurdaspur, Punjab, and Udhampur.
Both of the countries have asked Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, in which nationals of six countries, including the US, were killed. On the US-India counter terror radar is also Haqqani network which operates on Pakistan-Afghanistan border and is responsible for bombing Indian embassy in Kabul. The Haqqani network is also involved in attacks on the US and NATO forces, and the US has forced Pakistan military to bomb the Haqqani targets.
The joint declaration was signed by Ms Sushma Swaraj and Mr Kerry on the occasion of ongoing India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue. The statement assumes significance as it comes ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s address to the UN General Assembly on Saturday where he is expected to raise the Kashmir issue and cross-border firing on LoC and National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz’s warning that Pakistan will raise the issue of involvement of India in terror attacks inside Pakistan before the world body.
The joint declaration on counter-terrorism also includes thrust areas on the homeland (domestic) security where US police agencies would share their know-how and provide training to Indian police on cracking crime and terror cases. The US-India Megacity Policing Exchange has included Mumbai in the Strong Cities Network, a forum to build sub-national resiliency against violent extremism.