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December 20, 2001
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UK asks Pakistan to take action against JeM, LeT

Britain is understood to have asked Pakistan to take firm action against terrorist groups Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Tayiba in the wake of the December 13 terrorist attack on Parliament.

Informed sources said British High Commissioner Sir Rob Young conveyed this to Home Minister Lal Kishenchand Advani on Thursday during a 30-minute meeting in New Delhi.

After the meeting Sir Rob said, "We have made it particularly clear that terrorism in any form and in any place must stop. And the Pakistan government, I am sure is in no doubt about our position."

The envoy said he had a 'useful' discussion with Advani on last week's 'dreadful' strike on Parliament and its aftermath.

Asked about Britain's stand in the wake of the terror strike, the envoy said, "We have made our position very clear. We have banned Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad as well as Al Qaeda and many other groups earlier this year. We know they are terrorist organisations."

Observing that every country had a right to self-defence, Sir Rob said, "We also know that India is a highly responsible democracy and that it will take any decision with great care."

Asked if Britain was also advocating India to exercise restraint, he said, "We haven't said that specifically. But I say we know that India is a highly responsible democracy which takes any decision of any strategic importance with great care."

The sources said Britain did not dispute the investigations carried out by the Indian agencies after the strike on Parliament.

They said a UN resolution made it clear that any country providing safe haven to terrorists was guilty of promoting terrorism.

The sources also said that New Delhi had no objection in providing evidence regarding the December 13 attack to the US, if asked for.

Sir Rob said he discussed with Advani efforts that were going on to try to curb terrorism worldwide.

"We are making good progress in Afghanistan, which is a global problem and it is being treated as such by my government in coordination with governments all around the world and in particular by the Indian government," he added.

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