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India: Pakistan

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the inaugural joint panel to combat terrorism between India and Pakistan; and what assessment she has made of (a) India and (b) Pakistan’s internal efforts to combat religious extremism. (126695)

We welcome the establishment of the Joint Anti-Terrorism Mechanism between India and Pakistan and see this as a positive development towards regional security in South Asia. Both sides have expressed their determination to counter terrorism and extremism. Both countries have agreed that specific information will be exchanged to hold investigations related to terrorist acts and to prevent violence and terrorist acts in these countries.

We also welcome the work that both countries currently undertake to combat religious extremism. We work closely with both the Governments of India and Pakistan to counter the threat from international terrorism and the extremism that fuels terrorism.