Pakistan assures USA to deal 'firmly' with all terrorists, says NSA Bolton

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"Spoke with Pakistani FM Qureshi to encourage meaningful steps against JeM and other terrorist groups operating from Pakistan", Mr. Bolton said in a tweet.

The Prime Minister briefed the German foreign minister on Pakistan's relations with Afghanistan and India as well as steps taken by his government towards de-escalation with latter.

Such an assurance was given by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi during a phone call on Monday, Bolton said in a tweet on a day when Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale called on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo here.

Addressing the Business Leaders Summit in Islamabad on Wednesday, the minsiter said when Prime Minister Imran Khan ascended to power six months ago, he inherited a lot of challenges, including corruption, flight of capital, and other socio-economic ills, which had to be overcome.

Commenting on relations with India, he said Prime Minister Imran Khan, after assuming the charge, offered New Delhi an olive branch and asked for a meeting of the foreign ministers of both the countries on the sidelines of UN General Assembly to resolve all outstanding issues between the two countries through dialogue.

During talks between Gokhale and Pompeo, the United States continued to maintain pressure on Pakistan, according to a readout of the meeting issued by the State Department.

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India and the United States on Tuesday called for Pakistan to address global concerns regarding terrorism, including that originating from across the border.

He said that they discussed "the importance of bringing those responsible for the attack to justice and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil".

"I used to receive calls from foreign ministers who used to first condole the Pulwama attack, then express their solidarity and then they used to softly say that we think India will not escalate the situation", she said.

Tensions between the two nuclear powers have escalated since the Indian Air Force targeted an alleged Jaish-e-Mohammed training camps in Pakistan's Balakot last month.

Pakistan retaliated the strike by attempting unsuccessfully to target Indian military installations.

The episode followed several weeks of tensions between the states, with the IAF having reported downing several Pakistani drones that intruded India's airspace.

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