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Pakistan will face global isolation if it doesn't rein in terrorist groups: Indian-American Congressman

WASHINGTON: An influential Indian-American Congressman has warned that Pakistan will continue to slide into global isolation if it does not take actions towards terrorist groups operating from its soil.

Ami Bera, the chairman of the house overseas affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigations, additionally suggested China to play a positive role via lifting its veto over UN Security Council solution to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leader Masood Azhar as a world terrorist.

"The United States' Congress stands ready to support Pakistan should Prime Minister (Imran) Khan begin cracking down on terrorist groups in earnest. This will only help improve his nation's economy," Bera wrote in an op-ed revealed in News India Times on Friday

In his op-ed titled 'Time For Pakistan to Chart a New Course', the four-time Indian-American Congressman from California stated that Pakistan did the appropriate factor via liberating Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.

"This de-escalated a dangerous situation but more has to be done. Prime Minister Imran Khan should use this opportunity to reset his country's relationship with the world and chart a new course for Pakistan," he stated.

This starts with cracking down on the JeM and other terrorist groups comparable to Lashkar-e-Taiba which was liable for the 2008 Mumbai assault, Bera stated, adding that unfortunately, Pakistan's behaviour towards these terrorist groups were contradictory and self-defeating.

"Pakistan has banned many of these terrorist groups, including adding two more groups on March 5, but at the same time tolerates them operating within its own borders. This has caused the international community to isolate Pakistan," Bera stated.

Pakistan has taken some preliminary steps, like detaining 44 suspected militants, together with the brother of JeM's chief Masood Azhar. It is, however, unclear whether this "preventative detention", as Pakistan described it, will lead to legal prosecutions and justice being served, he stated.

"Prime Minister Khan can assist Pakistan earn enormous goodwill via tracking down and bringing to justice Azhar, whom the Pakistani overseas minister indicated was alive, together with his whereabouts recognized. They can additional that goodwill via dismantling the terrorist networks that function inside of Pakistan.

"These actions are in response to UN Security Council Resolution 1267. If Khan does not take these steps, I am afraid Pakistan will continue to slide into global isolation, which is able to only serve to increase financial hardship on the Pakistani folks," the Indian-American Congressman stated.

"I additionally name on China to play a positive role in India and Pakistan family members. A just right first step would be for China to stop blocking off a UN Security Council solution designating Masood Azhar a world terrorist," Bera stated.

His article came days after Pakistan, under international power after the Pulwama terror assault and India's air strikes towards JeM terrorist camp in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on February 26, started taking actions towards one of the most terrorist outfits and their leaders over the past few days.

In Islamabad, the interior ministry on Thursday announced that a general of 121 members of the proscribed groups have thus far been taken into "preventive detention" throughout Pakistan.

Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based terror crew JeM killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district in February 14.

India launched a counter-terror operation in Balakot. The subsequent day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial struggle and captured its pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1.

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