Prime News, National (New Delhi), September 13:- Sending a strong message to Pakistan, India and Afghanistan on Monday pledged their commitment to jointly fight to end terrorism as the visiting Afghan Foreign Minister minced no words in equating Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad terror groups with Taliban, Al Qaeda and Islamic State in Afghanistan.
The two countries called for an end to all forms of support and state sponsorship of terrorism after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani held the second Strategic Partnership Council meeting here.
“Both sides expressed grave concern at the incidents of terror and violence in Afghanistan resulting in loss of innocent lives,” a joint statement said.
Noting that terrorism presented the greatest threat to peace, stability and progress of the region and beyond, the two sides called for dismantling safe havens and sanctuaries to terrorists against Afghanistan.
Rabbani emphasised that India and Afghanistan had suffered from terrorism and violent extremism that has threatened the region’s stability.
“Together they are killing our people on Afghanistan and destroying infrastructure,” Rabbani said.
The visiting Minister said “Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad have been launching attacks against India and indiscriminately killing civilians of this country”.
The Pakistan-based groups active in Jammu and Kashmir were “engaged in similar activities along with Taliban, Al Qaeda and Daesh in Afghanistan”, he said.
The two countries also agreed to strengthen security cooperation with New Delhi extending further assistance for the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces in fighting “the scourge of terrorism, organised crime, trafficking of narcotics and money laundering”, according to the joint statement.
“The Indian side reiterated its support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process. It was agreed that concrete, meaningful and verifiable steps for immediate cessation of violence were essential for the success of regional and international efforts to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan.”
The joint statement and Rabbani’s assertion assume significance as US President Donald Trump’s insistence of upholding the importance of India’s role in war-torn Afghanistan’s reconstruction and leaders of the BRICS nations naming the Lashkar and Jaish as terror threats in their summit-level meeting in China earlier this month. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).