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December 16, 2001
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US plans to increase pressure on Pak to curb JeM, LeT

The United States plans to increase pressure on Islamabad to curb activities of Pakistan-based militant groups - Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad - following the attack on the Parliament House complex that left seven people dead, American officials said in New York.

In its efforts to obtain the continued cooperation of Pakistan in the fight against Saudi extremist Osama bin Laden and his terrorist outfit Al Qaeda, the Bush administration had refrained from pushing Islamabad too hard to clamp down on the two outfits, which operate openly in Pakistan.

But India's accusation that the LeT and JeM were behind the Thursday attack and Jaish's claim of responsibility for a similar attack on the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly in October has forced a tough re-evaluation by Washington, the media in New York said quoting officials.

Pakistan has 'told us that they are planning on moving gradually to curb this kind of extremism', a senior state department official was quoted as saying.

"I think what this means is if these groups are indeed carrying out these kinds of attacks, that process will have to be accelerated," he said.

PTI

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