Pakistan must take action against Masood Azhar, US reiterates

Washington: In the wake of India pulling out of the Saarc Summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November after the cross-border terror attack on an army base in Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month, the US has reiterated that Pakistan must "take effective action to combat and delegitimise" UN-designated terrorists and terror groups. India has blamed Jaish-e-Mohammed, founded by Masood Azhar, for the Uri attack. "Highlighting the danger that cross-border terrorism poses to the region, Ambassador Rice reiterated our expectation that Pakistan take effective action to combat and delegitimise United Nations-designated terrorist individuals and entities, including Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, and their affiliates, "US National Security Council spokesperson Ned Price said in a press statement. US National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice spoke to her Indian counterpart Ajit Doval on Wednesday and "strongly condemned the September 18 cross-border attack on the Indian Army Brigade headquarters in Uri and offered condolences to the victims and their families," Price said in a press statement. "Ambassador Rice affirmed President (Barack) Obama's commitment to redouble our efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of terrorism throughout the world," Price added.