US Lauds India For Significant Counter-Terrorism Actions

The United States has lauded India for its notable counter-terrorism law enforcement action when the police arrested Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leader Mohammad Idris from a hideout in Kolkata, West Bengal, who was allegedly involved in the Holey Artisan Bakery attack in Dhaka on July 2016.

In its annual ‘Country Report on Terrorism’, the State Department on Wednesday said the Indian leadership has expressed resolve to keep terrorist attacks at bay domestically and to bring to justice the perpetrators of terrorism, in cooperation with the US and other unanimous countries.

The parts of India seriously affected by terrorism in 2017 included Jammu and Kashmir, the northeast states of the country, and parts of central India in which Maoists remain active, it said.

“India continued to experience attacks, including by Pakistan-based terrorist organisations as well as tribal and Maoist insurgents. Indian authorities blamed Pakistan for cross-border attacks in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” read the report.

According to the report, India continued to apply sustained pressure to detect, disrupt and degrade terror operations within its borders.

Over the course of 2017, India tried to intensify counter-terrorism cooperation and information sharing with the US, including through the first-ever Designations Dialogue held in Delhi in December, it said.

In the same year, both the countries vowed to strengthen cooperation against terrorist threats from groups, including Al-Qaida, ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba and D-Company, it said.

During a June 2017 summit, US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed officials to establish a new mechanism for cooperation on terrorist designations.

The report further said the government of India closely watched the internal threat from transnational terrorist groups like ISIS and Al-Qaida.

The State Department praised India for its significant counter terrorism actions. In the report, it also said Pakistan-based terror groups continued their terror attacks in the country.

Citing an example of a significant counter-terrorism law enforcement action by India, it said the police arrested Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leader Mohammad Idris from a hideout in Kolkata on March 8. Idris was allegedly involved in the July 2016 Holey Artisan Bakery attack in Bangladesh capital, Dhaka.

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