New Delhi, Feb 26: Australia on Tuesday urged Pakistan to "do everything possible" to implement its "own proscription of Jaish-e-Mohammed" and said Islamabad can no longer allow extremist groups the legal and physical space to operate from its territory.
"Pakistan must do everything possible to implement its own proscription of Jaish-e-Mohammed. It can no longer allow extremist groups the legal and physical space to operate from its territory," Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said in a statement.
"The Australian government is concerned about relations between India and Pakistan following the horrific terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February, which Australia has condemned.
India’s Foreign Secretary (Vijay Gokhale) has stated that India has now conducted operations targeting terrorist groups based in Pakistan," she said.
Therefore, she said - "Pakistan must take urgent and meaningful action against terrorist groups in its territory, including Jaish-e-Mohammed which has claimed responsibility for the 14 February bombing, and Lashkar-e-Taiba".
She pointed out to the Pakistani leadership that these steps would make a "substantial contribution" to easing tensions and resolving the underlying causes of conflict.
"Australia urges both sides to exercise restraint, avoid any action which would endanger peace and security in the region and engage in dialogue to ensure that these issues are resolved peacefully," she said. (UNI)