India hard hit by terrorism from Pakistan: US report


Washington: India remained severely affected by and vulnerable to terrorism, including from Pakistan-based groups and their affiliates as well as left-wing violent extremists, last year, according to a new US report.
In response, Government of India “continued to undertake efforts to coordinate its counterterrorism capabilities more effectively”, said the State Department Country Reports on Terrorism 2013 submitted to the US Congress Wednesday.
India also “expanded its cooperation and coordination with the international community and regional partners”, said the annual report released by Tina Kaidanow, the state department’s coordinator for counterterrorism.
Describing South Asia as a frontline in the battle against terrorism, the report said: “Although Al Qaeda’s (AQ) core in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been seriously degraded, AQ’s global leadership continued to operate from its safe haven in the region.”
“AQ maintained ties with other terrorist organizations in the region, such as Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the Haqqani Network (HQN),” it said.
“These alliances continued to provide the group with additional resources and capabilities.”
The report said while “Pakistani military undertook operations against groups that conducted attacks within Pakistan such as TTP, but did not take action against other groups such as Lashkar-e-Taeba (LeT)”, held responsible for the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.


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