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In talks with Saudi Prince, PM Modi pushes for ‘all efforts’ to increase pressure on Pak
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In talks with Saudi Prince, PM Modi pushes for ‘all efforts’ to increase pressure on Pak

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New Delhi, Feb 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday made a strong case of making sustained efforts by the global community to "increase all possible pressures" on Pakistan for its double speak on terrorism while the visiting Saudi Crown Prince backed New Delhi and assured all cooperation including the vital intelligence sharing.

"....sabhi sambhav dabao badane ki avashayekta hae (There is a need to increase all possible pressures on countries which are supporting terrorism in whatever manner they do)," the Prime Minister said in a joint media briefing after bilateral talks with the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.

"The barbaric terrorist attack in Pulwama last week, is another cruel sign of the world from the anti-humanity threat. To tackle this menace effectively, we both sides are in agreement that there is a need to increase all possible pressures on such countries who are supporting terrorism in one manner or the other," Mr Modi said sticking to India's renewed and determined line adopted diplomatically since February 14 dastardly terror attack at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.

"India and Saudi Arabia are on agreement that this terror menace should not misguide and mislead the younger generation," Mr Modi said without naming Pakistan.

He said it will be important for the global community to understand that there is need to destroy terror infrastructures and also to ensure that the perpetrators of such acts are punished.

The strong assertion from the Prime Minister comes a day after Indian Ministry of External Affairs outright rejected Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's demand for 'evidence' and said instead the Imran Khan regime should take action against Jaish-e-Mohammad and its leader Masood Azhar.

"It is a well-known fact that Jaish-e-Mohammad and its leader Masood Azhar are based in Pakistan. These should be sufficient proof for Pakistan to take action," an official statement from the Ministry of External Affairs here has said.

The visiting Crown Prince backed India's efforts to fight terror menace and said his country will provide "all kinds of help to India including intelligence sharing".

"On extremism and terrorism, we want to assure India that we will extend all kinds of cooperation

including intelligence sharing," he said.

"Extremism and terrorism are our common concerns. We would like to tell our friend India that we'll cooperate on all fronts....We will also work with everyone to ensure a brighter future for our upcoming generations," he said. (UNI)