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US Lauds Counter-Terrorism Cooperation With India

© AP Photo / Rajanish KakadeAn Indian policeman patrols outside the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai
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The US State Department’s annual Country Reports on Terrorism has applauded India’s counter-terrorism efforts in cooperation with the United States.

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US, India to Enhance Intelligence Sharing, Policy Cooperation
New Delhi (Sputnik) — The South and Central Asia section of the US State Department Country Reports on Terrorism for 2016 said India and US leaders directed officials to identify new areas of collaboration through the July US-India Counterterrorism Joint Working Group and applauded finalization of a bilateral arrangement to facilitate the sharing of terrorism screening information.

"Indian leadership expressed resolve to redouble efforts, in cooperation with the US and other like-minded countries, to bring to justice the perpetrators of terrorism," US State Department's Country Reports on Terrorism 2016 said.

Apart from that, the US report criticized Pakistan for not taking enough actions against those militant groups that target India and Afghanistan, despite being an important counter-terrorism partner.

"The (Pakistani) government did not take any significant action against LeT or JeM, other than implementing an ongoing ban against media coverage of their activities. LeT and JeM continued to hold rallies, raise money, recruit and train in Pakistan," US State Department's Country Reports on Terrorism 2016 said.

"Progress remained slow on regulating madrassas, blocking extremist messaging, empowering the National Counter Terrorism Authority, cutting off terrorist financing and strengthening the judicial system," report said.

The report said that despite Pakistan being a member of the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering which criminalizes terrorist financing, there has not been a significant number of prosecutions or convictions of terrorist financing cases reported by Pakistan. This, the report said, is due to a lack of resources and capacity within investigation and judicial bodies.

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