The 'Country Reports on Terrorism 2018' has said that India continues to remain the target by Pakistan-based terrorist organisations

The United States has once again slammed Pakistan for not acting against terrorist groups including Lashkar e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) which continues to operate from its soil and also raise funds from the country.

The United States government report has said, "Pakistan continued to experience significant terrorist attacks, particularly against vulnerable civilian and government targets. Pakistani military and security forces undertook counter terrorism operations against groups that conducted attacks within Pakistan, such as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). However, Pakistan did not take sufficient action against externally focused groups such as LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), which continued to operate, train, organise, and raise funds in Pakistan."

Meanwhile, in another report by Congressional Research Service (CRS), it has identified Pakistan as the most important neighbour of Afghanistan playing an active but negative role in Afghanistan.

The CRS report also noted, "Pakistan's security establishment, which is fearful of a strategic encirclement by India, apparently continues to view the Afghan Taliban as a relatively friendly and reliable anti-India element in Afghanistan."

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The report further mentioned, "India's diplomatic and commercial presence in Afghanistan and US rhetorical support for it exacerbates Pakistani fears of encirclement. Indian interest in Afghanistan stems largely from India's broader regional rivalry with Pakistan, which impedes Indian efforts to establish stronger and more direct commercial and political relations with central Asia."

Earlier on November 2, hitting out at Islamabad, United States' Country Reports on Terrorism 2018 said that Pakistan allowed candidates overtly affiliated with terror front organisations to contest 2018 general elections.

The US report lashed out at Pakistan for not uniformly implementing US sanctions on terror outfits like LeT. The report also mentions that terrorist groups existing in Pakistan focused on targets outside the country.

Prior to that, US diplomat Alice G Wells said that though the US supports New Delhi-Islamabad direct dialogue, however, Pakistan's continued support to terror groups, extremists who indulge in cross-border terrorism is the 'chief obstacle'.

Alice G Wells informed Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that though the US supports direct dialogue between India and Pakistan according to Simla agreement, however, the main obstacle is Islamabad's support to terrorists who are indulging in cross-border terrorism.

"We believe that direct dialogue between India and Pakistan, as outlined in the 1972 Simla Agreement, holds the most potential for reducing tensions. Restarting a productive bilateral dialogue requires building trust, and the chief obstacle remains Pakistan's continued support for extremist groups that engage in cross-border terrorism," Wells said.